Witch stories used to always be about worshiping Satan, gratuitous orgies and sacrificial killings. In the last decade or so, with the Wiccan’s becoming a bit more of a political force, witches have been depicted more realistically and in a much more positive light. Westwood Witches goes back to the old school of thought.
It opens with four witches taking care of business in their town by murdering someone who’s figured out their secret. Then they raise Baphomet to help them. We then head over to our hero. Jack Kurtzberg is a writer suffering from writer’s block, mostly because he hates the romance novel he wrote as a joke that’s become a blockbuster. The idea of writing the contracted sequel is killing his creative spark.
After receiving news of a death in the family, he decides to return home to New England. He moves into Westwood where he is welcomed by the women in the neighborhood. When Jack goes walking in the woods at night we discover he may know more than we realize about the supernatural goings on in his old stomping grounds.
This comic barely held my interest. It feels somewhat like, “Real Witch Housewives of New England”. The stereotype of witches worshipping Satan is so out of date you’d have to have a really fun and creative twist to make it work today. This book doesn’t succeed in that. There is nothing new here, nothing to make you say, “wow I wonder what happens next?”. You know what will happen next because you’ve seen it in a dozen ABC movies of the week from the 70s.
This is definitely one to skip.
Here’s the comixology link.
The Westwood Witches
Written by: El Torres
Art by: Abel García
Genre: Gore, Horror
Page Count: 27 Pages
Digital Release Date: Jul 24th 2013
Age Rating: 17+ Only
The Westwood Witches #1
Jack Kurtzberg is a successful writer of young witch romance bestsellers… and he hates it so much. Suffering from writer’s block, he decides to move back to his hometown, not knowing that his new neighbours are witches, the kind of demon worshippers that would kill anyone who could disturb their dominion in Westwood.