Graphic Novel Review: Wytches, Vol. 1

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.

Wytches, Volume 1

Publisher: Image Comics

Author: Scott Snyder

Illustrator: Jock

Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer: Clem Robins

Edition: Paperback, 192 pages

Genre: Horror

Source: Purchased

Rating: 3/5

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.


 

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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.

Do you enjoy graphic novels? Mention some of your favorites in the comments below!

Happy reading!

 

 

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WWW Wednesday – 10/17/18

img_1384-0Welcome to my first WWW Wednesday! This book meme is hosted by Taking On A World of Words and I discovered it through Jenna’s blog at Jenna Bookish.

To participate you just answer three simple questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

 


An Anonymous GirlI am currently reading An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen which is an  ARC that I was given by the publisher through BookishFirst.com.

It’s a gripping novel of psychological suspense and obsession. I’m really loving it!

Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

A young woman blindly shows up for a psychological study conducted by a mysterious Dr. Shields. She thinks all she has to do is answer some questions, collect her money and leave…but nothing is ever that simple.

I’m also currently reading IT by Stephen King as a buddy read on Instagram. This book needs no summary as we all know what this one is about. Creepy clown, deep routed fears, and a  little town called Derry. Follow #ITbuddyread on Instagram for all the awesome posts and discussions!

I’ll write reviews here on both when I’m done.

 recently finished reading Wytches, Volume 1 by Scott Snyder, The Lies We Told by Camilla Way (review here) and The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton (review here).

Wytches is a graphic novel that has been on my shelf for some time. It’s a much darker and much more horrifying take on the witches that we have come to know. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place and I enjoyed it a lot! This was published in 2014 and so far I haven’t seen anything about a second volume but I am all for it if there is!

As for what I’ll be reading next, I’m still whittling away at my NetGalley list so that has yet to be determined. I think I’ll read Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard which is scheduled to be released on December 18th and I’ve already seen some awesome reviews flying around for it!

The Witch ElmMy pre-order for Tana French’s new book, Witch Elm is also here so that is a pretty strong contender!

It’s about a man name Toby who is out celebrating with some friends when he happens upon two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead.

While struggling to recover from his injuries and accepting the fact that he may never be the same, he escapes to his family’s old home to care for a dying uncle.

A skull is found in the trunk of an old tree in the garden which opens up Toby’s family to investigation, and soon means his past comes back to haunt him along with the realization that it may not be what he always believed it to be.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books that I’ve mentioned? Let’s chat below in the comments!