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"Hex Wives #6" 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
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 27th, 2019

Review:

At long last, all has been revealed. The women of Desert Canyon now see through the lies and deceit put forth to suppress their powers by the Architects and they are rightfully pissed off. Hex Wives has been building to this moment and it delivers some of the sweetest revenge ever.

Hex Wives #6 starts off with an elder witch freed from the confines of a hidden room in Izzy's house. She unleashes her own bout of vengeance in pretty gruesome fashion. Artist Mirka Andolfo shows her transforming from a sickly old woman to a frightening wolf and my, what big teeth she has. She makes quick work of some of the men, literally tearing them limb from limb in a gory and bloody mess.

I absolutely love how the tables have turned here. The witches are in control, no longer second guessing everything they say and do. Meanwhile, the men are cowering in fear. This is the moment they've been afraid of for ages. Everything they've done has been to prevent this from happening and now it's all playing out in front of them. Their spines have shriveled away and they're begging and pleading for their lives.

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Andolfo mixes up the panel layout when magic is used. This changes the tone of a scene, showing how we're tapping into something deeper. The witches are cutting through the confusion and misdirection that has clouded their lives up until this point. This is who they really are and it's full of energy.

Colorist Marissa Louise takes this over the edge with lush blues, pinks, and purples. Even the more gruesome scenes have an unparalleled sense of life and excitement as the women fully embrace their abilities. It's great to see how this energy cuts through the florescent lighting and otherwise “normal” lives they had before. It tears it apart like a wrecking ball.

Each witch has a different set of skills. One can turn to stone. Another can hurl fire. The one that can speak to cats somehow becomes the scariest one of them all in a particularly brutal scene. I don't want to spoil the details here but let's just say you'll be extra nice to any cats you see after reading Hex Wives #6. Letterer Josh Reed puts this sequence over the top with some especially unsettling sound effects in a jagged, bloody font.

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There's a definite sense of sisterhood as the women come into their abilities, but they don't all see eye-to-eye. There is some dissension in the ranks as they grapple with learning the truth. It's hard to come to grips with the fact your whole life has been a fabrication. Some are handling it better than others. This creates an interesting dynamic within the group. While Izzy stands out as a major character, she's not necessarily the leader of the coven.

While this could serve as an ending of sorts for Hex Wives, it is most definitely a beginning. There are hints at what is in store for the women as they break free of their cages and embrace who they really are. We see this play out in a gorgeous double-page spread with small, frantic images as to what is coming in the future. If even a fraction of these things play out, it will be a thrilling ride.

Hex Wives built up to this exciting burst of vengeance and it is so worth it. I have been waiting for this issue since the series began and it delivers on all fronts. Writer Ben Blacker paced this arc well. I was practically pumping my fists out of sheer delight for the justifiable carnage unleashed by this coven. If Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, you should see what happens when you piss off these witches.

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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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