Book Review: Wytches Volume 1 (Scott Snyder)

Publisher: Image Comics

Pages: 144

Release Date: June 24th 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

Review:

I’ve been in two minds about this book. It’s one my partner gave me to read when he finished with it, and he really enjoyed it.

I think the bit I loved most was the beginning. It was very creepy and it did suck me into the story – it leaves you asking all sorts of questions about what’s going on, and some of the art work was very disturbing.

Unfortunately it peaked there for me, and I struggled through the rest of it. There were still good moments, and for other people I imagine it is a good read, but it just didn’t do it for me. I found some of the time jumps confusing: they just happened too quickly and sometimes I couldn’t keep up.

It was the same with the plot: while the beginning drew me in as it was confusing and intriguing, that feeling stayed with me for most of the book. I just didn’t get it. It was too fast, too vague and I really just wanted someone to sit in front of me and explain patiently exactly what was going on. Again, I’m sure others will understand better, but for me it just wasn’t clear enough.

This clarity also extended to the illustrations: some were dark and creepy and I just wanted to stare at them for ages. But others were too dark or blurry for me to know what was going on, which, again didn’t help me with understanding what was going on. I think the style just wasn’t for me: apparently I like things spelled out for me!

Overall I do think this is a good read, it’s just not to my taste. But for others looking for something creepy to read this Halloween, give it a shot: it might be more to your taste.

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