Title: Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special (One-Shot)
Words: Scott Snyder
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Clem Robins
Published: October 31, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “BAD EGG” Serving as both a stand-alone story in the WYTCHES world and a prequel to the highly anticipated WYTCHES, VOL. 2, “BAD EGG” tells the story of 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? Collecting the entire IMAGE+ magazine run and, for the first time, the 13-page, pulse-pounding conclusion plus extra materials, WYTCHES: BAD EGG reunites the Eisner-award winning duo of SCOTT SNYDER and JOCK in a horror-filled romp just in time for Halloween!
“The thing was, I knew exactly what that ‘Infection’ was. That wasn’t Phlebitis. and that wasn’t something that’d go away. That was what a body looked like when it had become ‘Ripe,’ which is what people in the Irons called someone ‘fully prepared’ for a larval Wytch.”
Finishing what was started in the IMAGE+ magazine, Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special brings Scott Snyder and Jock’s newest Wytches story to an exciting end that inspires great interest in the upcoming second arc of the series. Fans of Wytches have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of series’ second volume, and here, in this one-shot, Snyder and Jock deliver.
Reading Snyder’s non-superhero writing is always refreshing. Sure, I enjoy when the man shakes up DC’s Multiverse, but writing books like that means limitations–limitations that are non-existent when Snyder has the maximum amount of creative control over a story’s direction and development. Regardless, Snyder’s dialogue feels authentic, and overall, his writing feels sharp and inspired. Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special moves at an impressive pace, and, despite it’s eighty-page length and healthy doses of character development, retains its intensity and continues to gain momentum from cover to cover.
Jock’s illustrations, when teamed with Matt Hollingsworth’s colors, make for a delightfully disorienting reading experience that immediately immerses readers in the weird world of Wytches. Jock doesn’t get too much opportunity to show off his skills, but atmosphere is everything in a story like this, and Jock visually establishes atmosphere and tone with the industry’s best.
The Bottom Line:
Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special (One-Shot) offers readers eighty tightly-packed pages of unsettling horror that serves as a prequel to the anticipated second volume of the Wytches series. Chit chit chit…