By Christine Caprilozzi
â€œThe Westwood Witchesâ€ Issue #1 Review by Christine Caprilozzi
Writer: El Torres
Artist: Abel Garcia
Publisher: Amigo Comics
Release Date: May 2013
Synopsis: â€œJack Kurtzberg is a successful writer of young witch romance bestsellersâ€¦ and he hates it so much. Suffering from writerâ€™s block, he decides to move back to his hometown, not knowing that his new neighbors are witches, the kind of demon worshippers that would kill anyone who could disturb their dominion in Westwood.â€
Our Thoughts: Many horror comic fans can be skeptical of â€œwitchâ€ comics. â€œThe Westwood Witches,â€ however, is not the usual fair. These women arenâ€™t your friendly neighborhood Wiccans. They are blood thirsty, sinisterâ€¦and insanely hot women channeling a greater darkness than you would imagine.
Story: El Torres does a fantastic job of setting up the series without giving too much away. He doesnâ€™t waste time revealing these women for gore whores they are. With that said, the juxtaposition of a bloody beginning against their idyllic daily lives is stunning. Then thereâ€™s Jack, a successful writer who just moved back into town from LA. Jack, himself, is struggling with some inner demons, and Torres hints that he may a notion of what this evil brand of witchcraft is about, but doesnâ€™t give anything away.
Art: Abel Garciaâ€™s artwork is the perfect complement to Torreâ€™s story. Itâ€™s dark and gritty when necessary, and bright as a spring day when the scene calls for it. One aspect that is striking, without giving too much away, are the horrific scenes. The style and tones in the art really set the mood.
Torres describes â€œThe Westwood Witchesâ€ #1 as â€œDesperate Housewives with macabre murdering.â€ He couldnâ€™t be more spot-on. Donâ€™t be fooled by that though, the horror, gore, and hot chicks are in this comic horror fans. Both Torres and Abel give the reader just enough of a taste from the cauldron that will leave the reader back for Issue #2.