Wytches: A Horror Comic Worth Reading. Even If You Aren't A "Comic Geek"
This week's read was graciously recommended by Trevor Brown over at Galahad's Comics.
On Trevor's recommendation I recently read the TP of Wytches, Vol. 1. Written by Scott Snyder, with art by Jock, Wytches, Vol.1, was released by Image Comics beginning October 2014 through May 2015, with the TP being released in June 2015.
I won't keep y'all waiting for my opinion on this one.
I LOVED IT!
Sure, there were some things about this comic I didn't love so much, but overall, this was a great one!
First of all, I love horror stories. I love all things witches, especially. But this isn't your typical book about witches. These creatures are different.
This is hinted at in the beginning, where on one page is the dictionary definition of the word "witch" and on the next page you see that definition scratched out as if someone was saying, "Uh, no...that's not us."
There is an explanation later in the book, so don't worry about being left hanging on what the difference is.
Second, I was hooked by the end of what I would consider the prologue. While I was reading I was thinking, "Oh, this is dark. This is creepy. That poor kid..." Then
It got me. I couldn't put it down after that.
Charlie and Sailor
I really enjoyed the relationship between father and daughter, Charlie and Sailor. It's obvious that Sailor suffers from anxiety, and Charlie has his own way of helping her through it. You can see how much he cares about his daughter, and how worried he is about her throughout the story.
Sailor's character development was just right. Watching her struggle with every day situations, not to mention the craziness she doesn't even realize is going on around her, helped build a connection to this character. I was really rooting for her.
One of the downsides of Wytches, Volume 1 is that it ends in a cliffhanger with lots of unanswered questions. This wouldn't be such a huge deal, except the much anticipated Volume 2 appears to still be up in the air.
From what I can figure out, the writer and artist can't seem to get on the same page with getting Volume 2 pushed out. Both seem super busy, and from digging around in some comic forums, I found that the date just keeps getting pushed back.
However, Bad Egg was released in 2018 as a standalone Halloween special in the Wytches universe. I will have to pick that up and see if it answers any questions I have since it is considered a prequel to Wytches, Vol.2.
Unfortunately, Bad Egg seems to be pretty hard to find, so it looks like I have the first addition to my comic book want list! Keep an eye out for me, would you?
Art by Jock
Another slight downside is how busy the art is. By itself, it's amazing, don't get me wrong. And I get what Jock was trying to do with it. I get that he wanted to keep the art from being so clear cut that it takes away from the mystery of the story. I would gladly take one of the pages of this story and add it to my art collection. But trying to focus on the story, while having to really study the pictures, kind of took away from some of the suspense for me.
I saw that Plan B Entertainment has purchased the movie rights to Wytches. And that makes perfect sense to me, because this story has all the makings of an excellent horror movie. There are so many jump scare opportunities throughout the story, that my Tim would absolutely HATE watching it with me.
My hope would be that the movie would explore the back-story more, and explain what Charlie went through prior to the family moving to this new town.
I would also like to see the movie, or Volume 2, go more into Lucy 's (the wife) back-story. There's more there that needs to be explored, for sure.
Don't take my word for it, if you're looking for a good creepy read, go grab a copy of Wytches, Vol. 1, and experience it for yourself!
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