‘Where the Witches Lurk #5:’ Comic Book Review

The continuing story of Gina and Tina, the witch killers, in this fifth issue of Where the Witches Lurk by Joe Pezzula and with art by Donny Ganakusuma finds them taken under the wing of an enigmatic woman by the name of Sarah after their father’s disappearance. The police force is unknowingly controlled by the Dark Witch through one of their own as life in the small town of Haslow Falls spins out-of-control.

While the girls are out in search of their missing father, they learn more about the Dark Witch through a flashback where Sarah explains that the creature’s origins, and the fight against it, are much older than they imagined.  Sarah, who is clearly older than she appears, takes us back to the year 1587, where she was part of the lost colony of Roanoke in North Carolina. The colonists themselves possessed magic, which they swore not to use, but when the Dark Witch attacked and wiped out half the colony, they tossed aside their promise to Raleigh and used what powers they had to capture her; however, just when they thought they were safe, the colonists were tracked down and killed by four mysterious, yet powerful, women whose magic was stronger than theirs. Sarah and the three remaining survivors fled and managed to stay alive for many years until the Dark Witch freed herself and tracked them down.

Back in the present, Officer Fordyce continues his reign of terror on the police department while possessed by the Dark Witch. It’s only the unexpected return of Smythe, the mystical apothecary, which puts a damper on the Dark Witch’s plan. I can only feel poor Officer LaMontague's pain and confusion as he comes face-to-face with real magic for the first time.

The writing and art are tight, as both artist and writer seem to have found their groove. I particularly liked the juxtaposition of the panels on page 15 between the flashback and the return to the present.  The coloring problems I found in earlier issues seem to be gone, as these pages work well with the action and tone. I think the only concern I would have is how much the writer is trying to pack into an issue. It’s almost too much, as I would have liked to see the scenes in the jail and the police station given a little more breathing space, but otherwise a solid job all round.

I look forward to seeing where the next issue take us.

Last modified on Thursday, 27 December 2018 19:40

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