Wytches #3 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder

Art by: Jock

Publisher: Image

With its third and final 2014 issue, Wytches finally opens up and lets readers have a closer look into the mystery that surrounds the Brooks family. As well as the family itself. It’s a welcome breather in a series that moved really fast with its two first, and great issues. But it is not without its fair share of creepy and eerie moments. Scott Snyder and Jock’s horror series remains one of the best recent additions to Image’s catalogue, as it never forgets what’s more important in an horror story: characters.

One of the things that has made Wytches a great series so far, is that it tells the horror by transporting you inside the characters’ minds, and by doing so, you relate to their personal struggles, which are manifested in the most horrific fashion by Jock’s superb art, giving life to otherworldly creatures. The fast pace, however, started to hurt a bit by the end of issue #2, and that’s why taking the foot off the gas was a smart decision by Snyder here. After intense moments of chase, we now cut to the way Sailor’s parents react to her current situation. Flashbacks and more interaction between the family members help illustrate the troubled life they’ve lived so far, and how all of that is coming to life via monstrous things. This issue’s biggest strength is how well it develops the characters, how human it makes them. That’s key to make the reader grounded in their reality, and oh boy, it’s not a pretty one.

There’s also some advancements on the mythology of Wytches here. We now know more of how the pledging works, and that some characteristics of traditional witches are alive and well here. There is mention of a cauldron, and I’m excited to see what that looks like, judging by the design of the actual wytches, I’m sure it won’t be just a big bowl of boiling water.

And finally, Wytches is once again beautifully realized by Jock artwork. With issue #3, the artist got a chance to showcase more of his human side. There are scary visuals, but most of the issue is focused on showing the characters, and he brings them to life with beautiful fashion, while always keeping them covered with a unmistakable sadness and darkness.

Wytches needed this break. It needed to stop and set things up a bit. Snyder and Jock chose the perfect time for it, as we head for the end of year breaks. By the end of the issue, you’ll see that the personal stakes are higher than ever now, and I’m very much looking forward to see what this team has got planned for the book come 2015. A good time for horror fans.