Review: Wytches #2

Starting off with an excerpt from a children’s book one of the main characters is writing that proves creepy out of its context, Wytches #2 dives back into Scott Snyder and Jock’s creepy new world of revamped witch monsters. This second issue doesn’t manage to be quite as striking as the first, but nonetheless it reminds readers why that debut was so damn good in the first place. That same mixture of sweetness, horror, and mystery is built upon in a thrilling manner. Wytches #2 combines skin-deep scary writing and harrowing, haunting artwork in this great comic.

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As opposed to last issue, this second release sees the Rooks daughter Sailor do pretty well socially in school. Any warm comfort this conjures up is crushed whenever a chilling, closterfobic underwater scene butts its head in. This sequence is the highlight of the read, providing a true sense of discomfort that calls upon spooky flashbacks to increase the pacing and tension. The way Sailor reacts after this scene is a little much in terms of suspension of disbelief, but it is a bit of effective plot progression all the same.

Other parts of the comic add to the mystery of the mother, who was eerily silent and unfocused upon in the first issue. Seemingly mundane portions of her hospital job get more disturbing as her part of the plot progresses, more flashback nestled in between here to make things even tenser. The father, Charlie, has more progression too that all just exacerbates the stress of his particularly difficult time parenting at this point in his life; it still works due to the inherent sweetness that still shows despite the dread of the atmosphere’s attempt to suffocate it.

All of these threads are intertwined in a story layout that manages to be constantly fresh and interesting without being confusing. Part of what makes it work is the intrinsically connected nature of all of these characters’ struggles. As a whole, this creates a smart way to show all of the various sides to a family crisis. Jock’s art is the other thing that pulls everything together, constantly creating an ominous feel even in the calmest moments, due to the distorted coloring of Matt Hollingsworth. The visuals do their job of making every page of this comic terrifying, like something is wrong and abnormal even when the horrifically designed monsters aren’t on display.

The biggest problem with this issue is that nothing too substantial happens. Past plot points are merely expanded upon, and future plot points are teased. This issue reads more like an extension of the debut, but it’s hard to complain much about that. It is incredibly well-done and effective, making for a great comic that considerably amps up excitement for the next issue.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Jock
Story: 8.75 Art: 9.00 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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