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THE LAST WITCH #1 review – Spooky Hansel and Gretel (McCreery, Glass, Nesterenko, Campbell) BOOM! Studios

Thanks to BOOM! Studios for the review copy!

THE LAST WITCH is the story of a young girl who dares to go into the forbidden woods where a witch supposedly lives. The first issue takes its time to develop Saoirse as a character, which is essential to a suspense tale. In order to have any suspense, you need to care for the character. You also need to have some danger, and the story deftly lays out the superstition behind the mysterious tower.

As is the case in any ‘you shouldn’t go there’ story, there is some questionable decision making required to move the story forward. In some ways, knowing the likely result of the characters’ choices enhances the tension.

The dialogue feels authentic, which gives the characters some depth and their own personalities. Even more impressive is the art. Lushly colored characters really leap off the page. Saoirse’s bright red hair really pops against the winter setting. The facial expressions do an excellent job of showing emotion.

The first issue of THE LAST WITCH doesn’t provide an explanation for the series’ title, but it does present a strong start. With no violence or cursing, this is a story you can read with younger readers.

Also be sure to check out the two variant covers. The first one is from Jorge Corona of MIDDLEWEST fame, with the second from Peach Momoko.

THE LAST WITCH #1 is now available.

Check back soon for my thoughts on issue 2 of this series. The second issue is set for release on February 10th, 2021.

Are you going to pick up this title? Have you already? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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