Image Comics is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2017, and among their many forms of celebration are the Image and Skybound variant covers for LGBTQ Pride Month. Available only in stores, the variants celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation movement. 100% of the proceeds from the Pride variant covers will be donated to Human Rights Campaign! And Geeks OUT is reviewing them all!
In this standalone story contained within the Awakening II arc of Black Magick by Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman, Old Guard) and Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman), gives readers an inside look into the deep space of awakening when a teenager, who's already on the outskirts of society because she's a witch, finds herself feeling the pressure of trying to be a shero after realizing how often humanity chooses fear over love, and violence over acceptance and peace. Rucka and Scott show us how depression can affect us after we learn the ultimate truth that no matter how good we are, we and the people we're trying to protect, can be hurt by the evil humanity can harness.
Rowan has just turned 13. Her mother and grandmother throw her a party for her friends, then the ceremony every witch goes through to reveal their past lives. Scott uses mainly sepia tones to create a feeling of both familial closeness and foreboding. Rowan's mother and grandmother understand how hard this ceremony has been for Rowan's past selves, and try to do the best they can to support her once Rowan is forced to see the many ways humans have hurt her, no matter how many times she chose good over revenge.
Three months later, Rowan is still deep into depression and questioning herself and her ability to choose good in a world that seems so irrevocably evil. Her mother soothes her by reminding her they live by the Rede, a three fold law. She reminds her that what is done to harm, will come back three fold. Rowan questions this, because justice had not been done to her previous self, and her mother reminds her that we may not see it, but the law of Rede governs all. Rowan's mother leaves to go to work, and tragedy ensues by the hands of an unknown creature with black sunken in eyes, and a sewn up mouth in the shape of a small girl. What will Rowan do if her mother doesn't survive?