"The Westwood Witches #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Amigo Comics
Written by El Torres
Illustrated by Abel Garcia
30 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 29th, 2013
Every other supernatural creature has been getting its time in the spotlight lately. You can't throw a stake without hitting a vampire, werewolf, ghost, or demon. The only ones that seem to be left out have been mummies and witches. New publisher Amigo Comics has set out to make witches scary again with The Westwood Witches. I don't think they're working on a mummy book yet. Maybe that'll come later.
Anyway, The Westwood Witches has a simple premise with a bit of a meta twist. It centers on writer Jack Kurtzberg, who moves back to the suburbs of Boston with his wife after the death of his brother. He's welcomed into the neighborhood with open arms, but there's something dark brewing in the nearby houses. The women are conspiring together and they're playing with witchcraft. Meanwhile, Jack is plagued with writer's block as he's pressured to pump out a sequel to his successful, albeit trashy demonic romance novel. Unbeknownst to him, the story that he's writing has some spooky parallels to the goings on in the area.
The Westwood Witches has a Stepford Wives feel to it, but reversed. The women are clearly in power in these households. Instead of being brainwashed robots, the men are subservient and fearful of their significant others. The true nature of this coven has yet to be revealed, but Jack is getting dangerously close to some dark stuff that he doesn't yet understand.
Abel Garcia's artwork is uneven in quality throughout this issue. There are some panels early on, such as the dark ones featuring the demon Baphomet, that look fantastic. This creature rises out of the ground with such intensity. Blue flames swirl around him as he towers over the women. Speaking of the ladies, the humans tend to look flat and unfinished, as if this was the first sketch of the pages.
Garcia made some interesting color choices throughout the issue as well. As with the artwork overall, there are times that this works great -- such as the post-funeral scene in which the pages are presented in whites and grays, devoid of color -- however there are others that seem odd, like when Jack is moving in and everything is brown.
The Westwood Witches has a few moving parts, but I'm not sure how they all work together just yet. Granted, this is the first chapter of a four-issue mini-series, so I can't judge it entirely yet. There's an interesting setup here, though. It's clear that Jack is either going to get the story of his life or die in the quest as he goes further down the rabbit hole that is his new neighborhood.
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