The saying, “You get what you wish for” is taken literally in this series. Wytches takes place in a suburban town in New Hampshire. The entire comic is a back and forth from the past to the present slowly catching us up to the present and is done very well. You follow a family of three (a couple and their teenage daughter, Sailor) as they try to leave behind a traumatic witness of murder that Sailor experienced as a younger girl.
The entire series is well paced and I never got bored or felt it was too slow. There’s always something happening, and with the constant switch between timelines, the story makes you think and connect the dots in your head as you read along. This constant treat feeding to your brain makes you continue reading and want to see what happens next. The father, Charlie, is a children’s book author and the mother has recently suffered a car accident that made her a paraplegic. Charlie moved the family away to start a new life, but Sailor’s past haunts her as kids from her school ask her if she murdered that girl.
The story is constantly feeding you suspicious characters and possible answers. You latch onto one and try to figure out who is responsible for a “pledge” not being completed in the past and wonder how this family is connected to it all. The story starts out with how pledges work for the Wytches. You ask anything you want and to get it granted you “pledge” your offspring. A pledge was never fulfilled and the entire story leaves a guessing game as to how this family is part of all this and it’s brilliantly done.
The art in this series is really good. I loved the watercolor look to everything and the constant darkness that loomed in every panel. You always felt uneasy reading this series. There are no happy moments here and if there are it’s a farce. The final two issues reveal a bunch of plot twists that really surprised me and there are a few elements of surprise that aren’t from previous leads. Some of them just come out of nowhere and it made me want to read more. I flew through this whole volume in less than an hour and wished it was longer. My only grip would be that some plot points are really confusing and it takes too long for them to be explained or some are only partially explained leaving some things a little too open-ended until the very end. Despite that, the entire volume wraps up nicely and it feels like a solid adventure and horror story. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves horror comics.