#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of October 31, 2018

This Halloween week in new comics, we have an embarrassment of witches. (Not to be confused with a A Discovery of Witches, which is not yet a comic book.)

Comics for the week of October 31, 2018

I remember those summers when multiple blockbusters were competing for the best take on the same premise—say, an asteroid hurtling toward Earth or sudden volcano in the middle of Los Angeles. This year, comics publishers have apparently decided collectively or coincidentally that the season of the witch is upon us. And they’re not the only ones: in TV land, the recent release of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the CW’s reboot of Charmed say to me that something in the zeitgeist resonates in the stories of young women finding power in each other and their heritage.

Long used as a means to ostracize women who didn’t conform to patriarchy (they still teach The Crucible in schools, right?), the witch being more recently reclaimed as a term of empowerment seems relevant as #MeToo brings forth a greater understanding of women’s needs to stand up and of the importance of solidarity. It seems important to note that the comics out this week highlight the coven as both a unit of female belonging and a source of power. In Exorsisters and Wytches, there are sisterhood and a matrilineal components to connect characters to a history of survival through adversity, and betterment of the world. In Hex Wives and Sex Death Revolution, the power of women working together is explored through its sudden absence.

Note: The Charmed: Magic School manga was also set to be included in this week’s list, but it has been delayed—along with Katy Rex’s signing at Hot Comics and Collectibles.

Exorsisters

Publisher: Image
Words/Story: Ian Boothby
Art/Colors: Gisele Lagace

“Did you sign a deal with the Devil? Has your fiancé been dragged to Hell? Then Kate and Cate Harrow should be the first ones you call for timely soul retrieval at a reasonable rate! But why are these identical twins so different? Is there a darker secret?”

Category: Emerging Talent

Cover of Exorsisters #1

 

Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special

Publisher: Image
Words/Story: Scott Snyder
Art/Colors: Jock

“Seb and Jackson—two innocent teenagers reared on opposite sides of the eternal struggle between good and evil. Sebastian’s mother is a member of ‘The Irons,’ the most ruthless Wytch hunters in history, while Jackson’s family are ‘High Horn’ Wytches. Can these two boys find friendship amidst this age-old blood feud, or are their fates already sealed?”

Category: Like they Need My Help

Cover of Wyches Bad Egg Halloween Special

Image Comics

Sex Death Revolution

Publisher: Black Mask
Words/Story: Magdalene Visaggio
Art/Colors: Becca Farrow

“Life is a story. Hers is being rewritten.

Still reeling from the sudden collapse of her cover, Manhattanite sorceress Esperanza tries to rebuild. But everyone in her life is saying she’s done and said things that never happened—terrible things. Before she knows it, she’s becoming someone entirely different. Someone she used to be, once upon a time.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Cover of Sex Death Revolution

Black Mask

Hex Wives

Publisher: DC/Vertigo
Words/Story: Ben Blacker
Art/Colors: Mirka Andolfo

“For hundreds of years a war has been waged between a coven of perpetually reincarnating witches and the all-male conspiracy known as the Architects. After the death of the lead Architect in 2005 it seemed the witches had finally defeated their foes. Now, 13 years later, waking up in a perfect cookie cutter home at the end of a cul-de-sac in a sunny corner of suburbia, Isadora has no recollection of her past life as the leader of a witch coven, nor her soulmate Nadiya, let alone the centuries-old war she has waged in defense of the soul of America . . .”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Cover of Hex Wives #1

DC/Vertigo

Justice League Dark and Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour #1

Publisher: DC
Words/Story: James Tynion IV
Art/Colors: Jesus Merino

“The deadly finale of ‘The Witching Hour’ arrives as Zatanna battles for Wonder Woman’s soul—and the rest of the Justice League Dark battle for their lives! Hecate is more powerful than the Greek Gods . . . and no matter who wins, the Earth will lose its chance of surviving the war that’s coming!”

Category: Like they Need My Help

The Witching Hour #1 cover

DC Comics

Who’s your favorite witch? Was Hocus Pocus a good movie or an awesome movie?

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