This month for the Galactic Comics and Collectibles Book Club we read Wytches, Volume 1 published by Image Comics.
Wytches was written by Scott Snyder (We Have Demons, Nocterra) with illustrations by Jock (Batman, Green Arrow) and colors by Matt Hollingsworth (Seven To Eternity, The Flash). The first issue of the mini-series released in October 2014 and wrapped up with the sixth and final issue in March 2015. The creative team released a one-shot in October 2018 entitled Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special. This issue is not part of the trade paperback, but is worth the bonus read.
As the group of around seven people ranging from ages 25-63, both male and female, gathered for our first book club meeting we all had about the same consensus, Wytches left us wanting more.
We all agreed there are better books and definitely are worse books. This trade paperback sits in the middle. The overarching story is an amazing journey, the execution seemed lacking. Jock’s artwork is outstanding, but the splatter overlaying was not needed and just added messiness to the book.
Opening the first chapter of the series grabs you and forces you to continue to read. If this was a series I was to purchase single-issues I would’ve for sure purchased the second issue. Additionally, the creative team’s depiction of the witches is unique and leaves an a chilling feeling when you see them.
Wytches, Volume 1 is worth the read to experience what Snyder and Jock put together. However, don’t expect it to be the best graphic novel you have read.
Wytches Bound for the Small Screen
Snyder is currently work on a television adaptation of the series for Amazon Prime with James Tynion IV (Something Is Killing The Children, The Department of Truth) in the writers room. Originally, Snyder had hoped to make Wytches into a feature film, but a television series is a nice consolation prize. No word on when said series will release.
Join Us In The Book Club
Galactic Comics and Collectibles hosts a book club each month to read and discuss one trade paperback. Each month a group of individuals reads the same book and meets to discuss. Follow along as we discuss these books here as well. Next month we will read Batman: The Long Halloween.