Third Witch is in fact the thing I was thinking of (it is apparently out under the name Toil and Trouble, though, and not the Third Witch? Weird).
The comic I was thinking of wasn’t Black Magick, as it turns out - it was Redlands. I have grabbed the first couple issues and will be back with my expert comic opinions which are neither expert nor, I suspect, even good.
Thanks for your help!
Redlands is… intriguing enough, I think. The conceit (three witches in control of a small town in Florida) is pretty good, and rather like Sabrina the comic does not shy away from the fact that the three are… less than good (this is something Issue 2 makes clearest, as they murder a young high school girl because they needed a virgin for a yearly ritual, and they’ve been in command of the town for a good 30-40 years at that point, meaning… well, do the math. That’s a lot of dead children. And yet, the comic makes them preferable to the alternative - a minor character in the opening opines simply that he’d rather be ruled by monsters than those who were running the town before (your stereotypical small town Sheriff type - did I mention the story starts in the 60s and there’s some gender and racial politics at play? No? Well, consider this a mention - goodness knows its part of what drew me to this comic in the first place). This first arc has them against a serial killer/warlockian pretender to the throne. The first issue shows how the three came to power - I presume the next few issues will show how they keep it. There’s also hints of other dark dealings which may come back to bite our protagonists in the ass. I’m interested to see where it goes so I went ahead and subscribed. I also really like the artwork in this - it’s got a horror comic vibe that is not entirely unlike The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and it fits the southern gothic stylings of the narrative itself. For now at least I’ll keep an eye on it and see where it goes (is the racial/gender politic-centric stuff going to stay? It’s a lot lighter in the second issue, but then again it is three women of varying races against a white dude who feels entitled to their affections so, probably not? I’m looking forward to it)The first two issues are out and available on Comixology if you’re like me and lack any sort of comic shop in your neighborhood (if you do happen to have a comic book shop in your area GO PATRONIZE IT, GOOD LORD).
Toil and Trouble is a six-part miniseries which tells the story of Macbeth from the standpoint of the three witches. That was enough to get me to read it and love it, but hey maybe you need some more incentive so how about this:
It’s written by Mairghread Scott, who you may know from her run on Windblade (fun fact: I once had breakfast with Mairghread Scott and didn’t realize who she was until I asked “so what do you do for a living?” We were at a hotel in San Diego for Comic Con, and I will always feel like a complete knob for blurting out “holy shit you’re that person” when the penny finally dropped, i.e. she said “oh I’ve done some work on comics like Transformers.” Lord spare me from ever meeting people I respect in public again. This is the same Comic Con where my buddy had to force me to talk to David Malki because I was experiencing a mild panic attack. Malki is, by the way, a lovely fucking human being and I was much less on edge when meeting comic people I admired as a result of him being so kind. Right, digression over), and she delivers a tale of Scotland’s history while also addressing family and the ways family sucks and is also great and also loss and pain and, oh yeah, also the whole story of Macbeth is in there. My one complaint is that I feel like she had more than six issues worth of stuff she could have done! I would have liked to see more of the witches, they are all delightful. The art is also absolutely gorgeous (it reminded me a little of Pretty Deadly (man, will we ever see more Pretty Deadly? I do not ask for much Lord Jesus but give me more Pretty Deadly)), and the colors especially were very, very good. An overlooked gem that I’m glad I finally got around to reading.