Wytches #4

by Kalem Lalonde on February 03, 2015

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jock

Hey CTG readers, I have a huge mid-term Math exam tomorrow, so my final review of the day will be a bit shorter than usual. We’ve got a big week here at CTG coming so stay tuned for some great reviews!

There aren’t many comics that can make me feel frightened without any horror elements to them. It sounds a little strange opening with this on a Wytches review, but that’s how I felt about this issue. Scott Snyder is a master of the horror genre and this issue proved that he doesn’t even need horror elements to make his books scary. He’s able to dig so deep into family insecurities and issues that the realism downright frightens me.

Through this issue, Snyder pulled a 180 on what I believed the Rooks family to be. I always knew they had problems, big problems but I hadn’t really suspected that they were being ripped up at their core for so long. Through a gut-wrenchingly gloomy flashback scene, Snyder shows us the dark side of Charlie Rooks. His attitude towards his daughter completely disgusted me but also made me pity the man. He gives into his fear and insecurities, letting his parenting fall so deep that he acts like a bully. His attachment to Sailor seems to be so profound and complex, that I'm thinking she may be his second chance at being better. At overcoming fear and anxiety, so he pushed her beyond her capabilities. It’s quite the sad situation and I’m curious to know what has changed since that event.

Asides from the brilliant character work between Sailor and Charlie, this issue didn’t tremendously move the plot forward. This individual issue’s pacing suffered a bit from a big drop of exposition near its middle point. It cleared up a little about the Wytches but still sustained their mystery. I’m glad, because it was a necessary scene and Snyder made the best of it, even though it slowed the issue down quite a bit. Though, by its end, Snyder seems to have kicked the story into gear for a fast-paced conclusion to this arc.

Jock returns on art duties and draws all the beautiful pages you would expect from such a high-profile creator. His Wytches are freaky and his characters are emotional and consistent. Alongside Jock, is colorist Matt Hollingsworth who has thankfully toned down the amount of coloured circles he incorporates into the pages. The sustained quantity made for a much better page to look at and didn’t detract from my enjoyment like it has in the past.

Wytches returns this week with an issue that will strongly resonate with readers. Snyder is so adept at digging deep into fear and insecurities that he doesn’t need any supernatural elements to scare us. This is a genre that he understands and we all benefit from that. 

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