Advance Review: Witch Hammer

One of my favorite shows right now is the eponymous Supergirl which has surpassed the original movie and in some respects has set the standard for the comic. The show contains multitudes of depth and character development that the movie lacked in comparison. It also is probably one of the more relevant shows on television right now and we’ve seen that same awareness been carried on by Black Lightning. In its current season the show has tackled both xenophobia and hate mongering.

The show is currently threading a storyline which gets at the root of hate. It portrays a movement which is hellbent on attacking anyone who is alien. It asks the question, what would you do if you found out your neighbor is as an alien? In the past this would be a Twilight Zone-esque story where the concept would be explored. In Cullen Bunn’s Witch Hammer, a similar question is asked through a series of homicides with one thing in common they are all witches.

Witch. The word conjures images of hags in black robes and crooked hats, standing over cauldrons of bubbling brew. But witches are among us, and we do not realize it. They are our friends and neighbors. They are our family members. They are our idols.

And someone is murdering them.

Two young couples going out of town seemingly gets into a car accident, as one couple gets killed the surviving couple realize that it was no mere coincidence, but an assassination attempt. The reader soon finds out this is one in series of murders, which catches the attention of the FBI, where Agents Frontenac and Guinness are assigned to the case and find even more fatalities.

A killer is stalking witches, hunting them down mercilessly. As the FBI agents delve deeper into the hidden, magical world around them, they are haunted by a terrifying question. Is the killer doing the right thing?

The graphic novel is a new spin on the supernatural thriller. It combines elements of Silence of the Lambs with End Of Days creating an engaging bitches brew. The story by Cullen Bunn is entertaining, superlative and fast paced. The art by the creative team gives reader a raw unvarnished canvas which feels as visceral as anything you have ever seen. Altogether, it’s an excellent graphic novel which is more than a worthy entry in the canon of evil cult suspense books.

Story: Cullen Bunn Artist: Dalibor Talajic
Colorist: Seb Camagajevac Letterer: Marshall Dillon

Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Aftershock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review