Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: HEX WIVES #1

DC COMICS – @DCComics @vertigo_comics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Ben Blacker
ART: Mirka Andolfo
COLORS: Marissa Louise
LETTERS: Josh Reed
EDITOR: Molly Mahan
COVER: Joëlle Jones with Jordie Bellaire
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2018)

“Suggested for Mature Readers”

“Bewildered and Bothered”

Hex Wives is a new comic book series published by DC Comics' Vertigo Comics imprint.  It is written by Ben Blacker; drawn by Mirka Andolfo; colored by Marissa Louise; and lettered by Josh Reed.  Hex Wives focuses on a centuries-old conflict between a coven of witches and its antagonists – an all-male cabal of witch-haters.

Hex Wives #1 (“Bewildered and Bothered”) introduces Isadora Roma.  She is the leader of a coven of perpetually reincarnating witches and is the coven's fiercest fighter.  Isadora and her lover, Nadiya Momo, are the thorns in the side of “The Architects,” the all-male conspiracy that has been trying to kill Isadora's and her coven since at least the 17th century.  Now, Aaron Gabriel, the new leader of these bitter men, believes that he has found a way to defeat the enemy that his father, his father's father, and their forefathers could not.

This is going to be a short review.  Hex Wives has potential.  I have a feeling that this first issue could be the preview of an interesting and unique comic book or the beginning of a comic book that pretends to be clever, but is really nothing special.  Believe me, I think this is an odd feeling to have about a comic book after reading a first issue, but...

I also want to point out that I like how Marissa Louise colors this story to give it a surreal atmosphere that is also filled with menace.  Letterer Josh Reed deftly juggles the text and dialogue-heavy script and makes everything easy to read.  So let's see where and how Hex Wives goes forward.

7 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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