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"Hex Wives #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vertigo Comics

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Written by Ben Blacker
Illustrated by Mirka Andolfo
Colored by Marissa Louise
Lettered by Josh Reed
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 2nd, 2019

Review:

Imagine opening up a closet in your house and finding a naked old woman strapped to a chair. She knows you by name and tells you you're a witch. That's the situation Izzy finds herself in and it's pretty friggin' terrifying, yet it's not even the scariest thing in Hex Wives #3. That comes in the complete and total gaslighting Izzy's husband, Aaron, and the rest of the men in the town pull off.

We knew that Aaron and his group of angry men had pulled some crazy scheme to trap the witches in Desert Canyon, but we didn't know the full scope of it until now. They've set up an elaborate underground headquarters that looks like something out of Cabin in the Woods. Cameras record every move the women make, however mundane it is, all in an effort to prevent them from using their powers and living their true lives.

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When Izzy gets a glimpse behind the curtain, the men go all out to put the genie back in the bottle. It's frightening to see the lengths they go to cover everything up. This is pure evil at work. My hatred for them grew with each turn of the page and I can only hope writer Ben Blacker makes them pay soon because it's going to be so very sweet to see them get their comeuppance.

Artist Mirka Andolfo makes these guys look so sickly sweet that you just want to cut the conniving grin of their face with a rusty hatchet. Since we know the truth, we can see through the hollow smile or the sly grimace. It adds this double meaning to every look they give these women and it makes me want to throw up. This is how you make a truly despicable villain.

When Izzy comes downstairs after her encounter with the creepy old woman and a convenient bump to the head, her husband is singing cheerily in the kitchen. The place is clearly staged to look like a mess because no man is that inept that he'd get pancake batter on the friggin' ceiling. Letterer Josh Reed even makes the song Aaron's singing come across as condescending and cringeworthy.

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Surrounding the town is a massive, never-ending fire that literally traps the women in this cul-de-sac. The men are able to pass through it, but not the women. Colorist Marissa Louise makes this a constant looming fear throughout Hex Wives. As Izzy and the others go about their day, the flames billow up into the sky as a constant reminder of their situation.

Hex Wives works as a horror comic because it deals with witches and crazy violence, but it also works on this entirely other level. It creates this visceral reaction where your fists will clench at the injustice performed on these poor women. Yes, they've killed people in their time, but mainly because they were being hunted and had to defend themselves. I cannot wait until they get their revenge, as it's going to be equal parts glorious and bloody.

Grades:

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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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