So I’m relatively new to the graphic novel world, probably over the last year or two, and I’ve found that I rather enjoy them. They’re a fun way to break up my larger novels and I admire the creativity that happens on the pages between the illustrator and the writer.
Of course I tend to be drawn towards graphic novels in the horror genre; the darker the story and images, the better.
Publisher: Image Comics
Author: Scott Snyder
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Letterer: Clem Robins
Edition: Paperback, 192 pages
Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry.
Wytches starts off with a familiar trope: new family in-town, father is a writer and a recovering alcoholic, teenage daughter with a troubled past starting at a new school, moves into a house in the middle of the woods. The basis of your most typical horror story.
What I really enjoyed about this story is Scott Snyders vision and ideas about traditional witches. He creates these creatures that are terribly creepy and when you hear them in the woods, chhhit-chhhit-chhhit, you better turn and get your ass running.
Strange things start happening to the family as the Wytches come to claim their ‘pledge’. I did feel like a lot of the strange events that occurred, weren’t tied together very well and I didn’t completely love the characters; however I enjoyed it enough that I would love to see what happens in the next Volume.
My biggest ‘meh’ about the book was the artwork. I actually really loved the creepy artwork but hated the random splotches of colors all over it. I didn’t quite understand the purpose and what it was supposed to add to the experience of reading it. When it was just one image on a page it wasn’t as troublesome but when you had a lot happening all at once it became visually distracting and just terrible to look at.
Overall I gave it 3 stars because I did like the story, it just wasn’t quite what I hoped it would be.
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