Greg Rucka announced during Image Expo that he is doubling down on his partnership with Image Comics, adding the supernatural series “Black Magick” to his workload in addition to his currently running Image series, “Lazarus.”
Both Rucka and “Magick” artist Nicola Scott (DC’s “Secret Six”) were present at Image Expo to announce the series, which has been in production since 2010. Rucka recounted how he initially arrived at Image, saying that he first talked to Image partner Robert Kirkman about doing a series with the creator-driven publisher. While “Lazarus” came into existence first, Rucka revealed that “Black Magick” was what he initially discussed with Kirkman back in 2009 at WonderCon. Scott has been attached to the project since 2010.
“It’s a police procedural, but it’s not,” Rucka said. “It’s supernatural investigation, but it’s not. It’s a story of legacy and destiny, and bad things that go bump in the night.” Rucka said they’ll be doing a magazine-sized format issue, similar to what was done for the first issue of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Image series, “Criminal.” “Because when Ed Brubaker has a good idea, I steal it,” joked Rucka. “I have been waiting years to share this with you guys.”
“Black Magick” is set to launch in October with the plan being to publish nine issues a year and for the series to run for 30 issues total.