Thoughts from Matt Taylor
A new comic book can find it hard to get a foothold. It could be poor writing, poor artwork or a lack of any real hook or interesting elements. A new line might try too hard to set the world up and spend multiple issues showing me where and why everything in the world is as it is. Reading through the first few issues of these types of books leaves me feeling flat, with no interest for the characters or events due to a lack of empathy or knowledge of what the writer is asking me to care about.
For a new book to stand out and keep me interested long enough, I need to know why I should care. I need to be introduced to the characters first, with the world presented through their eyes and explained to me by these figures. Something like Superman or Batman wouldn’t need to explain where Krypton is or why Bruce Wayne is an orphan. These events are part of a well known and told storyline, but brand new ideas don’t share this privilege.
With the third issue of Wytches, the new Image Comics line written by Scott Snyder and presented to us through the pencil Jock and brush of Matt Hollingsworth, the characters have already been shown to the reader. I care about this family and what happens to them. What has been missing so far from Wytches is the “why” of the story.
The most important change and where I believe Wytches #3 moves in the right direction is more of the backstory; the reasons behind the strange happenings we’ve seen so far in the series. We’re discovering new things about the main characters we already know while being introduced to new characters, who are helping explain what is happening in a way that doesnt make me feel force or dripfed. I’m waiting to see where issue 4 decides to take the story when it’s released, and I’m hoping more of the foundation and lore is presented to the reader.
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