A couple weeks ago, “Angel” star David Boreanaz teased that “something” related to the “Buffy” spinoff series was in the works for its 20th anniversary, and it’s possible he was referring to a brand new comic book series that BOOM! Studios just announced. Via Paste, the surprise announcement has been made just eight days before the arrival of the series!
Wanda Maximoff has always been a controversial character. Her first appearances in the X-Men were as a villain alongside her brother, reluctantly in cahoots with the villainous Silver Age Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Later, she appeared in the Avengers. In an unprecedented move, creator Stan Lee made the decision to replace most of the former lineup of the team with characters that had initially appeared as villains, including Wanda, her brother Pietro, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. This threw fans into an uproar, although now it is considered simply to be canon backstory for the team. Although many of them teetered on the line between good and evil on various occasions, the story of the Avengers would be quite a different thing without their presence.
Still, one of the most controversial aspects of Wanda Maximoff’s character is one of the easiest to dispel: her claim to the title of “witch.” Over time, questions about her right to refer to herself via such a term have arisen semi-regularly in letters columns. In the MCU, this might be a valid complaint, but in the comics, Wanda has been a witch for many years now, and rates among the most powerful mystic characters. Vacillating between her life as an Avenger and her dedication to witchcraft, she is easily one of comics’ most prominent witches.
Read More – How Wanda Maximoff became a witch – Syfy
Scott Snyder’s 2015 comic Wytches was one of the most popular horror comics to come out in an era of great horror comics and for 3 years fans have been clamoring for more. Fans anticipated the release of Wytches Vol 2 in 2018 but instead received this Halloween special one-shot. A good consolation prize but a consolation prize nontheless.
This comic is a prequel to the events of Wytches Vol 1 and follows the “Irons” family of wytch hunters go against a group of “High Horn” wytches in their small suburban town. The wytch-hunter in training is Sebastian who has had a life of upheaval, disorder and also poisoning micro-doses to train him as a proper hunter. But like any normal pre-teen, he just wants to hang out with his friends and race toy cars and this leads him to a crisis of conviction between the life he has and the life he wants. It all comes crashing down in the final act, with more than one emotional twist that leaves you pitying Sebastian for the kind of person he might grow into.
The art is again illustrated by Jock, which features his signature stained-glass-ink-blot style.
“God gives you what you need, the Devil gives you what you want”
When you want something bad enough, would you do anything you can to get it? Would you make a deal with the devil? You wouldn’t? Even if you knew that the person paying for your bargain wasn’t you?
In Brazilian artist Arabson’s comic, Elizabeth Dumn is the daughter of a religious man who promised his first born child in exchange for wealth and success, when the Devil comes for what he was owed, its up to her to fight for her soul. Elizabeth is unloved, accused by her family of being unlovable, she is mean and vulgar and violent. She is sent to a boarding school where she is taught to fight and hold on to her will, away from her family, where they don’t have to think about her anymore. She stands in opposition to her brother, who is the perfect version of what their parents want in a child, he is Christian, virginal, obedient and docile, he’s the only one that shows real concern for Elizabeth. Whether because of her gender or because of her nature Elizabeth’s sacrifice is seen as being for the families greater good, but she doesn’t see it that way.
There are many elements in this comic that are striking despite it’s short, one-shot format. The family is seemingly Christian, but hides domestic violence and selfishness. Elizabeth is pegged as being no good because of her unfeminine and wild ways, but it’s all of those unfeminine ways that help save her life.
The comic’s art style is reminiscent of French artist Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belville) with grotesque lines and repulsive expressions, it gives the whole thing a dark sense of humor. No one is good in this. No one is innocent. The action is fluid and fast and manic, at times disgusting, at others the emotions of the characters hit you before you even know it.
Pick it up November 15th if you’re looking for something with a bad-ass female lead who doesn’t suffer the sins of her father.
With colors by Anderson Cabral and translation by Eisner Award winner James Robinson – See more at: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/the-terrible-elisabeth-dumn-against-the-devils-in-suits-takes-readers-throu#sthash.5tqEt7ux.dpuf