Witchworld Limited 2018
Written by Kev Sherry
Illustrated & Lettered by Katia Vecchio
As fashion model Sophie Ember prepares for the catwalk, she receives an upsetting message that forces her to confront events from her teenage days and the actions of her best friend Selene, the only person who had the courage to stand against the misogyny of their upbringing.
Once again I feel like I am blessed in so many ways. Doing reviews like I do and having site has given me the opportunity for creators to reach out and inquire, ask, me to check out their work with the possibility of a review. Now if you know anything about me you know I am sucker, see huge fan, for those self/indie press comics. If you don’t understand my appeal then you really need to read books such as this one because this is a passion project and it shows in the writing and interior artwork. This would be the kind of thing I cruise Artist Alley at conventions hoping to find. This is no diamond in the rough nope this is a sparkling diamond whose radiance is mesmerising.
The opening is perfectly structured in that we hear Sophie’s inner monologue and we see not only the expression on her face but of those around her and we are immediately drawn in. As I read this I had that need to keep going, because I just had to know what was going on. As a reader you get that feeling you know what’s coming, in terms of her past and the actions that have led her to where she is, as well as the desire planted within us to know what happened.
There’s something about thinking back on our school days that makes us cringe. The bullying and the teachers indifference to our plight is something I know all too well. Selene however is already at this age a force of nature to be reckoned with. So what am I leading up to, well the characterisation of course. The way these girls are portrayed and how they come to life before our eyes is extremely nice to see. Kev manages to bring us what I see as already complete characters, that is to say he knows who they are and kind of knows where they are going but the journey to getting there is the great unknown.
I am really quite taken with the interiors here. There is something about the way the linework is utilised that touches a chord within me that I wasn’t expecting to find. The way that Katia is able to use this delicate looking linework to create that attention to detail is incredibly well done. Plus the emotions that we see coming from the characters expressions shines. The individuality of the characters and how we are supposed to see them is delightful as well as the different body types and ethnicities that we see. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a rather lovely eye for storytelling. When we see the backgrounds they expand the moments so well and do a great job in expanding the world they live in (the scene with the girls walking home down that tree lined street sigh). The colour work that we see is really well done too and I love the way we see shadows and light sources utilised.
There is some stupendous imagination and creativity in these pages and there are plenty of moments that take the reader by surprise. While the title belies what’s inside, to a degree, this coming of age story is easily relatable to for everyone. Though girls and gays will bond more with what is seen in these pages, you can trust me on that one. This is why indie/self-published books need more attention and time in the spotlight as what we get through the storytelling and illustrations leaves you wanting more and remembering your own youth both not-so and fondly.