The Last Witch #1
Boom! Box/BOOM! Studios 2021
Written by Conor McCreery
Illustrated by V.V. Glass
Coloured by Natalia Nesterenko
Lettered by Jim Campbell
It's the one time of the year when the witch known as Cailleach hunts the children of the village -- so Saoirse, a brave and reckless young girl, decides this is the perfect opportunity to defy her father and discover the secrets of the witch's tower! But when the Cailleach captures Saoirse and her brother Brahm, their lives are forever changed in ways they never expected. Now, Saoirse will have to save everyone she loves by discovering the truth about the mysterious mark on her shoulder -- and embracing her secret magical powers! Every issue of The Last Witch is oversized, featuring more than 30 story pages.
This is a great little comic book. It is definitely in the realm of all-ages storytelling and in that grand tradition it doesn’t matter how old, or young, you are everyone will find something in this story to relate to and bond with. The more I read all-ages books the more I appreciate the kind of talent it takes to weave such a tale where different folks are going to see different things while reading and seeing the exact same words and visuals. Plus I am a sucker for a good journey of self-discovery and coming of age story.
I am very much enjoying the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through the sequence of events unfolding as well as how the reader learns information is presented extremely well. Already how we are introduced to the characters and the story itself we’re presented with so much already happening and it’s extremely nice to see. The character development that we see is wonderfully done as well. How we see the dialogue between them and how they act and react to the situations and circumstances that they encounter really starts to show us the kind of folks they are. The pacing here is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the story, the world and the characters we are really in for a great treat.
How we see the story being structured with the layers within the story beginning to emerge is extremely well done. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow is beautifully rendered.
The interiors here are absolutely adorable! The linework we see is fantastic and how they work to bring us the detail work is really rather nice to see. The utilisation of backgrounds is perfectly done and as they enhance the moments and bring us depth perception, a sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the story it makes me incredibly happy. I almost want to say that some of this is computer generated but I cannot be sure and I say this because of the way that the backgrounds are just slightly out of focus so that the main focus is on the characters. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show this talented eye for storytelling. The colour work that we see is very nicely rendered as well. While there’s a lot of solid colour it’s really the show and the trees that shine with how we see the various hues and tones within them being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work.
I don’t think all-ages comics get the credit that they deserve and it’s high time that more folks take a look as the quality and level of storytelling that it takes to make a book like this be as extraordinary as it is.