Oh man. As much as I dig this book, don't expect it to take you to a happy place. The story deals with the Rooks family. Their daughter got in a bit of trouble. The idea of the Wytches is someone could pledge you to them in order to gain some sort of wish. The bad news is, if you're the one pledged, your pretty much screwed. When the Rooks left their previous home to avoid some bullying and a strange incident that affected their daughter, they soon found that the trouble didn't get completely left behind.
The daughter, Sailor, has gotten lost in the woods. She's in a weird place now as her father needs to find her. After the visit he received last issue and the weird message on his stomach written in his veins, you know things probably won't go too well. We find out more information and even though we know some of the details, it's all a scary idea. Scott Snyder is carving out a nightmarish world without having to resort to cheap or grotesque gimmicks.
Hollingsworth adds some color splashes over the art and color. While it does add to the mood and feel, there are some moments it feels like a little too much. Last issue felt a little more jarring than this issue. I like how it looks but it almost takes you out of the book.
It's not really a "bad" thing and clearly has no affect on the rating but, man, does this story just leave a sinking feeling in your stomach. Maybe it's because I have a daughter myself.
WYTCHES is more than just a comic, it's a journey. Scott Snyder, Jock, and Matt Hollingsworth are taking us down a dark and slightly disturbing road. We're being presented with some dark and twisted ideas and visuals. That makes this the perfect comic to creep you out without any gratuitous moments. This is a comic you'll find yourself slowly reading as you take in each moment and all the detail in the art. I've said it before and I'll say it again, don't read this comic when you're home alone.