Wytches #1

8.5 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 9/10

Strong writing and story.

Gets disturbing FAST.

Wytches #1
Story By: Scott Snyder
Art By: JOCK
Cover By: JOCK
Image Comics
2014/2015/2016

Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived. This October, superstar creators SCOTT SNYDER (SEVERED, Batman) and JOCK (SNAPSHOT, Batman) unveil WYTCHES, and introduce you to a world of unimaginable horror in a special EXTRA-SIZED FIRST ISSUE with 30 pages of story and no ads for just $2.99

Wytches #1 is a grim tale of what happens to a young woman when her tormentor disappears mysteriously before her eyes. Forced to face accusations that she actually killed them, she also must face her own guilt that she wanted them dead, and may even have been magically responsible somehow. The story is slow to unfold, but that gives it a certain power as it does, and it leaves the reader wanting more.

Sadly, what could have been a cool touch is a rough introduction to the book, which makes it a little hard to dive into to. The idea for the art to be as sketchy and rough as it is makes it difficult to see, and even understand, what is going on, so any impact the first few pages have is blunted seriously. This effect returns at the end, but of course there’s no resolution there, so it actually fits the mystery of things much better. And the middle of the book is drawn much more clearly. Overall, there’s a lot of talent in the art, even if things aren’t that detailed.

The story and writing is where Wytches real strength lies. The raw emotion, and very real terror, is clearly communicated. It’s effective, and it does grab you, especially at the worst of it.

I do wish the art was a little clearer, and I hope they clear up the magical action scenes, but overall I’m really impressed by Wytches. I’ll be buying issue 2 just to resolve the excellently handled cliffhanger, but I also expect to be around far beyond that. It’s a potentially fascinating topic, and a strong take on it so far.

 

 

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