Hex Wives #1
DC Comics/Vertigo Comics
Written by Ben Blacker
Art by Mirka Andolfo
Colors by Marissa Louise
Letters by Josh Reed
For centuries, a group of determined witch hunters has hunted a coven of witches across the country. Each encounter usually ends with the hunters slaughtered and the witches triumphant because of the bonds they share and the power it gives them. As the centuries move on, the violence escalates until the current leader of the hunters comes up with a plan to end the threat of the witches without spilling blood on either side.
In an idyllic suburb, a young woman awakes and begins to look for her husband. When she doesn’t see him, she begins her day of cleaning and cooking and preparing for him to come him while meeting with her fellow housewives and gossiping as their men leave for work. As the ladies go about the routines of their days, one of them begins to feel different. She begins to see things differently as strange things begin to happen all around them. When her husband finally comes home at the end of the day, we see the extent of the hunter’s plan.
This is a wickedly clever, subversive story. Blacker does a great job of creating this world and a cast of characters that all have something interesting about them. There is a subtle homage to The Stepford Wives in the Hunter’s plan and it is going to be interesting to see how that plan is thwarted. I became invested in the plot of this book from the first few pages and the mystery around both how the Hunter’s were able to subdue the witches and how they will escape has my attention.
The art is great. I found myself loving the character details as well as the action. There are some great visual moments in this issue and some fun moments like the genie bottle in Isadora’s house. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.