When we think of witches, many images and personas pop up. The recent reboot of Charmed has given a vision of how the original series would look with more melanin but no indication of this fact. Then there is the superior web series Juju, which weaves into its story how magic and witchdoctors, have popped up all throughout the African Diaspora. The fantasy genre is full of these supernatural magic wielders with their sometimes complicated lives.
Then there is the horrific and terrifying Salem, which dives into why so many Americans have found a connection to them, as the birth of America is tethered to the existence of witches. Sometimes we forget that these stories also should have some levity, as Sabrina The Teenage Witch does in equal measure in the Netflix adaptation. The closest to what readers have enjoyed without being cartoonish like the hilarious Hocus Pocus is Practical Magic, showing how normal life issues can work in this world. In the debut chapter of Victoria Grace Elliot’s Balderdash, we meet two protagonists whose lives can be more different yet their connection carry on.
We meet Georgie, a young witch from the outskirts of a land named Xale, She has hopes of sharpening her skills as a witch by venturing to train under her mentor, a baker named Fausto. She must travel through treacherous terrain, which has her family worrying about her safety. Never mind the fact that they’re wrestling with the fact that this will be the first time she has left without them. By the issue’s end, it finally hits Georgie, the reality of going into the world alone.
Overall, an interesting debut issue that introduces readers to this magical world. The story by Elliot is wondrous and engaging. The art is remarkable. Altogether, a world and set of characters to sure to captivate the reader immediately.
Story: Victoria Grace Elliot Art: Victoria Grace Elliot
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy