Monday, October 16, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Wytches Vol 1

Wytches Vol 1 by Scott Snyder book photo

Wytches Volume 1 is an absolutely stunning and wonderfully written graphic novel about a family and the darkness that won't leave them alone.

I loved every second of this read. If you're into darker, spooky, graphic novels, you're going to love this!

Wytches Vol 1 

by Scott Snyder (Writer), Jock (Illustrator), Matt Hollingsworth (Colorist), Clem Robins (Letterer)

Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they're hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient...and hungry.

My thoughts:
Oh my goodness... This is definitely in my top five favorite graphic novels list! I LOVED it! I really enjoyed the super creepy tone! Gosh, what a great read for October!

This is yet another situation where I don't want to give too much away, so I will stay high-level.

First of all, I thought the artwork was just incredible. I absolutely loved the style of both the inking and the colors. And I really enjoyed that there was an overall texture, like each page was printed on a canvas, because you can see tiny squares. There's also a spattering of color over the pages, which really adds to the overall look and feel in a wonderful way.

Oh! In the very back of the book, the process is explained! It starts with Jock’s inks, then the flat colors are added and basic paint is done through photoshop. Next, “zip and paper” is added which gives it the textured look. After that, two sets of spatters are added manually. These spatters are painted by hand with watercolor, liquid acrylic, and other paints on paper then they are scanned and added to the scene with Photoshop. Interesting!!

Just check out these pages:

Wytches Vol 1 by Scott Snyder wytch panel

Wytches Vol 1 by Scott Snyder panel color example

Wytches Vol 1 by Scott Snyder panel color example

Second, the storyline was so interesting and I loved the main plot! I really enjoyed how well the past and present merged together to tell the full story. And the transitions between scenes and timelines were awesome! For example in one panel, Sailor is banging on the inside of a plastic playground tube, and in the next, the father is banging his palm against a wall. In another, Sailor is climbing a ferris wheel and saying, “just a little higher” and then next she’s climbing out from an underground burrow saying the same thing.

Third, I enjoyed the deeper elements of the story because they were so thought provoking! For example, one element were the wytches. They weren’t the witches that we all know with the big hats, pointy noses, and pet cats. These wytches are unusually tall, demonically ugly, and savage. I loved this twist on the character and found it incredibly interesting that they were only given power by the humans.

And fourth, I loved the mix of seriousness and action and lighthearted humor. I mean, there was a fart joke... so of course I laughed out loud for far longer than a normal person would :)

My final thoughts:
Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to seeing the next volume in the series! If you're into darker graphic novels with stunning artwork, you have to go pick this one up!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite horror graphic novel?


  1. I'm really glad you liked this one and you are right, the artwork process was so interesting. I'm loving a new horror graphic novel collection I discovered at the library right now - The October Faction. I think you would enjoy it as well. I have a review up for Volume 1 and Volume 2's will be going up later today.

    1. Ohhh!! I can't wait to see your reviews! I'll have to see if my library has them as well.

  2. I don't really read graphic novels, but this does sound perfect for fall! Some of those images are so creepy!

  3. Great review. This sounds like a good one to read in October.

  4. This is definitely a graphic novel I'd enjoy. Darker and spookier.

  5. OMG this looks so dark and incredible! Definitely want to read this now especially since its the perfect Halloween read!! Thanks for sharing!