Writer: Scott Snyder
Inker: Matt Hollingsworth
Summary from Comixology: “In the first half of the opening arc’s two-part finale, Charlie descends into the wytches’ burrow itself to save his daughter from an unspeakable death. But what horrors await him deep beneath the earth? And what secrets…?”
This is easily my favorite Image book coming out right now. It’s pretty funny that a horror book is my favorite, because I’m terrified of horror and normally avoid it at all costs. This is actually the one book I look forward to the most each month. From the very first issue, I have been completely sucked into the story and on the edge of my seat during each read. Scott Snyder really is the master of horror for 21st century comics. From American Vampire to the disturbing event in Batman: Endgame (and also Batman: The Black Mirror) and the sheer terror that is Wytches, Scott Snyder is truly cementing his name in the horror category.
If you read any of my reviews, you know how much of a Snyder fanboy I am. I literally buy anything this guy does, because I know it’s going to be top quality work. And that is exactly what Wytches issue #5 is. Not only is this a horror story, but it’s also a story of a loving father. One who will do ANYTHING for his daughter. Charlie Rook is practically going to “hell” in order to save he daughter. What parent wouldn’t do anything to protect their child? I don’t have children, but I can still relate to the characters. Every page consists of more and more horror, but the deeper the story goes, the more humanity we find inside the characters. Like every issue, Scott Snyder and Jock make the perfect team. But lately I’ve began to notice something, the majority of books that take my breath away with coloring are Matt Hollingswoth work, for example he’s worked on The Wake, Hawkeye, Black Science, Chononauts and Suiciders all feature coloring by him. Matt Hollingswoth’s coloring is truly on point as of late.
The only low I can think of is having to wait
another month until Mar for the conclusion of the first story arc of Wytches. But, this isn’t all bad, because now if you aren’t reading this you have time to get get all 5 issues!
The Final Say:
If you like horror stories, then this is the perfect book for you! If you don’t, give it a chance, you’ll end up falling in love with this series just like I did. The series was recently picked up by Regency and Plan B to be turned into a movie, so you are going to want to read these before that! Once again, Wycthes gets a 5 out of 5 stars. It’s also the only ongoing series to be reviewed here at 4LN that each issue has gotten a 5 out of 5. That says something about Scott Snyder’s writing, Jock’s art, and Matt Hollingswoth’s coloring. This is truly a beautiful comic.
For this issue, you are going to want to go with a little more on the dark/depress side of music. For this I would go with the punk group, Alkaline Trio. They capture the sadness and loss of control fairly well. There sound is a good mixture of depressing lyrics but still (at times) upbeat tempos. Jam their early stuff during this read. Specifically Trouble Breathing of Goddamnit.
Update 1:10PM Wytches #6 comes out May 20th.