Title: Wytches | Series: Wytches #Vol 1 | Author: Scott Snyder | Illustrator: Jock | Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth | Letterer: Clem Robbins | Publisher: Image Comics | Pub. Date: 2015-6-24 | Pages: 192 | ISBN13: 9781632153807 | Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel | Language: English | Triggers: Miscarriage | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Library |
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. – Goodreads
Collecting: Wytches 1-6
When I finally started reading graphic novels, my partner mentioned Wytches to me saying he thought I might enjoy it. It was obvious from the way he talked about it that he really did. I picked it up a few nights ago to finally give it a read, and almost really liked it. Almost.
Wytches is well-drawn, well-written, with a fairly typical horror plot. There’s nothing terrifying or nightmare-inducing about it, but it’s told very competently. I liked the way the backstory was interwoven with the present so that we were easily caught up on how things got to the point they were at. Seventy-five percent of all the important bits that make up a graphic novel were, if not awe-inspiring, entertaining and interesting. But… then there was the freaky coloring.
On some of the pages in Wytches (namely flashbacks), the coloring was perfectly fine. The colors were perfect, the panels easy to read. And then the colorist (I don’t know if he’s the only one I should blame this on, but he has the name, so…) goes nuts on the other pages. It’s like he pinned up massive sheets of this book and decided to try to paint the story out of the picture. There are spatters of paint everywhere, colors so dark you sometimes have trouble making out the lines of the illustrations… I’m not sure what he was going for, but what he succeeded in doing was giving me a massive headache.
My partner had expressed disappointment that it didn’t look like more of this the Wytches series was being written. I can’t share his views. As long as the same dog-puke and cat-scat color scheme continues to throw itself against a perfectly good story, I’ll be looking elsewhere for my horror graphic novel fun. Which is a shame, because Wytches could have been really good.
If you don’t mind absurdly weird coloring, give Wytches a try. If you’re the type that is inclined to headaches when looking at chaos, look elsewhere. I think I will be checking out Scott Snyder’s other work.