Skip to main content

REVIEW: Wytches #3 by Scott Snyder, Jock and Matt Hollingsworth


Wytches has been a suspenseful journey into fears many people share. It’s been more of a psychological thriller than an outright gore-fest and that’s just fine as we get to know these characters intimately and share their anxiety and terror. As a parent there’s no greater fear than have a child missing especially one who has gone through such traumatic experiences as Sailor has. Everything that surrounds her disappearance just adds to the suspense. Scott Snyder is tightening the screws on his readers psyche and Jock and Matt Hollingsworth are expediting your journey through a  psychedelic spiral of colors and doom. We wouldn't expect anything less from this talented group of creators.

After stealing a school bus and crashing in the woods,  Sailor has gone missing and her mom and dad search furiously to find her. Charlie is especially fraught with anxiety after recovering from his attack earlier but is willing to go to any length to find his daughter. Snyder cleverly begins the issue with a flashback of happier times and demonstrates what kind of relationship he shares with his family . It makes his terror feel so much worse as we get to know Charlie as a person and as a father. Even as things begin to unravel as to what’s real or imagined there’s always an uneasy undertone throughout the book that raises the tension. It’s a slow burn but one necessary to set up the next reveal, the next confrontation and perhaps a climatic end to the first arc.

 Jock has never done better work than in Wytches. It seems his line work and detail has grown exponentially. This is not an easy gig considering the interior work requires a lot of background especially in the forest where the danger lies the most. It has to be expansive in some shots and smaller in others where branches, grass and bushes permeate the panel. It’s a lot of work but Jock does it with seemingly little effort and the final product is first class.

Matt Hollingsworth is a colorist probably living out some fantasies in Wytches because color is used in ways you wouldn’t expect. Increasingly, Hollingsworth is using more and more splatters of varied matted hues throughout the series but Wytches #3 has let him run loose with the reckless abandon of a madman running with a paint brush. At first the splashes of color ingrained on the page were subtle giving it an aged filtered look but now the background has become a virtual LSD trip. That’s not to say it doesn’t work. It mostly succeeds in giving the book a unique look, an otherworldly aesthetic that compliments the themes in the book. It can be transformative but sometimes the action or detail of a panel gets lost amid the flurry of a rainbow.

There comes a time in every comic book arc that the story has to put up or shut up and issue four will be that time. But issue 3 is a good time for some set-up, emotional housekeeping and character development. There may not be a lot to sink your teeth into but the ending certainly sets up issue four very well. Wytches is a sophisticated suspense thriller that finds horror in simplicity while preparing to blow your mind. 



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PREVIEW: 'Tet' #4 by Paul Allor and Paul Tucker

We've seen Eugene's story. But during his last day's in Vietnam, he finally learns how Ha survived the war. She's always been much stronger than him; and much stronger than he's given her credit for. With all their secrets gone, Ha and Eugene must decide how to move forward.

REVIEW: 'Cyber Force' #3 by Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins, and Atilio Rojo

The story of Aphrodite is the focus of 'Cyber Force' #3. This compelling chapter continues to build the new world of Top Cow's reimagined original title. Corporate greed leads to murder and coercion until one doctor's obsession results in a powerful revelation.


CYBER FORCE #3 
Writer: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill Artist: Atilio Rojo Letterer: Troy Peteri Editor: Elena Salcedo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 30, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
Marc Silvestri released 'Cyber Force' twenty-six years ago and this second reboot of the former flagship series rests in the hands of writers Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins. It was only a matter of time before we'd get the whereabouts of the sentient android Aphrodite. Hill and Hawkins dedicate this issue to her story, and it's probably the best in the series so far. We get very little Carin and Morgan in order to give what is essentially an unnerving scientific horror story. 
Cyber Data is the or…

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

PREVIEW: 'Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella: The Heart Is A Lonely Killer' TPB by Shawn Aldridge and Rapha Lobosco

The Vegas strip heats up as Cassie Hack and her companion Vlad are on the trail of a deadly slasher and meet the lovely, yet lethal Vampirella. The team-up event you’ve been waiting for is a high stakes game of chance when they have to take on The Queen of Hearts!


This Volume collects the complete, 5-issue series by Shawn Aldridge (The Dark and Bloody) and Rapha Labosco (James Bond), and features all of the covers by Jenny Frison, Carli Ihde, Jen Vaughn, Kyle Strahm, Chrissie Zullo, Goran Sudzuka, Michael Dooney, Bully Tucci, and more!

Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella: The Heart Is A Lonely Killer TP
writer: Shawn Aldridge artist: Rapha Lobosco cover: Jenny Frison FC  |  136 pages  |  $19.99  |  Teen+  
COLLECTING ISSUES 1-5












PREVIEW: 'The Ghost, The Owl' Hardcover by Franco and Sara Richard

On a cool evening on the swamp, a figure appears dancing across the water. A human figure, but far from a human form. A Ghost, a young girl spirit that seems to have lost its way. A good Samaritan owl decides to help against the wishes of his animal brethren.


What mysteries does the ghost girl hold the secrets to and what will happen when she and the owl unlock them together?  Will they find out what happened to her? Will she find her way to where she needs to be?  What will happen to the animals in the swamp and surrounding forest? An adventure with the most unlikely of pairs, the Ghost, the Owl.

THE GHOST, THE OWL HC
In stores on 5/2/2018 Writer(s): Franco Artist Name(s): Sara Richard Cover Artist(s): Sara Richard
48 pgs./ A / FC                   $9.99