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“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power… HEX WIVES from writer Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour) with art by Mirka Andolfo (WONDER WOMAN, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL) will deb “The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power… HEX WIVES from writer Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour) with art by Mirka Andolfo (WONDER WOMAN, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL) will debut in October


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“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power… HEX WIVES from writer Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour) with art by Mirka Andolfo (WONDER WOMAN, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL) will deb “The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power… HEX WIVES from writer Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour) with art by Mirka Andolfo (WONDER WOMAN, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL) will debut in October

30 review for Hex Wives

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This had a seriously GREAT premise and very nice art. But the more I read the worse it got. The gist is that a coven of extremely powerful witches gets taken down by a group of male witch hunters. How, you ask? They somehow get hold of and brainwash the ladies (off-page) into thinking that they're housewives, and then have this whole Truman Show camera set up going on underground to keep an eye on them while the guys are 'at work'. Plus, a massive firewall (literally a forest fire) around the neig This had a seriously GREAT premise and very nice art. But the more I read the worse it got. The gist is that a coven of extremely powerful witches gets taken down by a group of male witch hunters. How, you ask? They somehow get hold of and brainwash the ladies (off-page) into thinking that they're housewives, and then have this whole Truman Show camera set up going on underground to keep an eye on them while the guys are 'at work'. Plus, a massive firewall (literally a forest fire) around the neighborhood keeps the women from leaving. What? Here's the thing, though. I wanted to root for these women to break free, but they weren't all that likable. I mean, I still wanted them to figure out what was happening to them, but I didn't particularly think they were good people and/or very interesting without their magic. (view spoiler)[I thought it was weird that the one chick set her 'husband' on fire and casually killed him, and he wasn't even the worst of the bunch. Then they just let the other dudes off? Supposedly burying them in the bunker but letting them live? The whole ending was strange and the various punishments didn't quite seem to fit the crimes. (hide spoiler)] The dialogue was clunky and the plot seemed to wander off onto this oddball path that didn't make any sort of real sense. I kind of want to see if Blacker can pull the story back down off the ledge, but it doesn't look (as of right now) like there's going to be a 2nd volume. Of course, that could change. If you're on the fence about this, I'd recommend waiting to see what happens in the future with this title. As of right now, I'm not all that impressed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    The series had some promise but the setup was clunky and poorly defined. A magic version of The Stepford Wives or Joelle Jones's Ladykiller with witches. A group of witches are brainwashed into being 50s housewives until they slowly learn what's really going on. With the demise of Vertigo, maybe Blacker will be able to bring this to another publisher? I hope he retained the rights.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    Hex Wives focuses on a coven of witches who are brainwashed into thinking that they are stereotypical 50s housewives. They slowly piece together that they have powers and then decide to fight back against those who tricked them. This was a fun idea and the whole premise had potential. However, it wasn't executed very well. There isn't anything that sticks out as glaringly horrible about the story, but there wasn't anything downright amazing either. I was able to still enjoy some parts though. I Hex Wives focuses on a coven of witches who are brainwashed into thinking that they are stereotypical 50s housewives. They slowly piece together that they have powers and then decide to fight back against those who tricked them. This was a fun idea and the whole premise had potential. However, it wasn't executed very well. There isn't anything that sticks out as glaringly horrible about the story, but there wasn't anything downright amazing either. I was able to still enjoy some parts though. I liked the idea of these women coming back into their powers and kicking ass. It just took a long time to get to the interesting bits. I wish the plot was a bit more quick to the point. Altogether, this was quite average.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I really wanted to like this, the art in the first volume is fantastic and the story sounded promising. I found it fell flat somehow and I don’t really care about the characters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Breeze

    I really loved this premise and the first couple of issues but it fell apart at the end. A lot of information was crammed into the last two issues and the story felt incoherent at times. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like it's getting a second volume to fix some of those problems.

  6. 4 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    Its a shame this probably wont get a second vol. One of the few things I was excited to see come out of Vertigo recently. Now with Vertigo gone, I'm not sure if the series will get picked up again. WHICH IS A SHAME BECAUSE IT WAS REALLY GOOD. A family and a coven have been fighting for centuries. Any time the witches die, they come back with magic but can not use it until they remember who they are. The family figures this out and traps the latest reincarnations in a fake 1950s suburban neighbo Its a shame this probably wont get a second vol. One of the few things I was excited to see come out of Vertigo recently. Now with Vertigo gone, I'm not sure if the series will get picked up again. WHICH IS A SHAME BECAUSE IT WAS REALLY GOOD. A family and a coven have been fighting for centuries. Any time the witches die, they come back with magic but can not use it until they remember who they are. The family figures this out and traps the latest reincarnations in a fake 1950s suburban neighborhood where they have to wait on the men hand and foot as house wives! Really great art, really fun concept. It reminds me a bit of "lady killer" from Joelle Jones. I love the types of magics that the girls have and the world built around them. The last page says "the beginning" and I really hope it is.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I enjoyed this weird story! I'd definitely read the sequel if they get greenlit for one! TW: Cat dies via beheading and is shown in multiple comic panes. Not what i'd call hyper-realistic art, so might not be too triggering.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 Total review score: 2.96 Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 Total review score: 2.96

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I seem to be the odd one out on Goodreads but I really enjoyed this comic. The premise was unique and it delivered in story and art style, I hope to see more from this series in the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    k zink

    I originally rated this a four-star read because I liked the concept and had a fun time reading it, but after sleeping on it I realized that this is... actually kind of bad!! The story starts off strong, setting up witches that reincarnate in different time periods and their never-ending war against men who try to kill and control them. (Women with agency against the patriarchy, in very clear terms.) Sounds like fun! HOWEVER, as soon as the story enters the modern day, the power of the plot shif I originally rated this a four-star read because I liked the concept and had a fun time reading it, but after sleeping on it I realized that this is... actually kind of bad!! The story starts off strong, setting up witches that reincarnate in different time periods and their never-ending war against men who try to kill and control them. (Women with agency against the patriarchy, in very clear terms.) Sounds like fun! HOWEVER, as soon as the story enters the modern day, the power of the plot shifts completely to the men, who have imprisoned the witches and taken away their power with... their love?? And it's 2008 but it's also the 50s? Very little is done to explore or explain this weird setting or the way in which the men's "love" has somehow suppressed these women's power, so the story mostly turns into showing how oppressed these women are in their new lives. This drags on for some time until everything turns around very quickly at the end, giving the witches back their power and allowing them to become their true selves. This is clearly meant to be a strong setup of the newly-made modern and powerful witches (the characters I came here to read about and didn't get at all) going into the next volume, but why waste the whole first book on setup when you could just start at the good part? Overall I think this comic had a great concept, but with the failures in editing themselves and the strange lack of awareness in setting up these strong women but giving all the narrative power to the men, it really fell flat for me. The 50s-esque atmosphere also made for a very joyless color palette and overall setting, so even though the art was nice it was very... boring. Nice try but next time don't let a man write this.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    The first 10 pages of this are *amazing,* this coven of witches, traveling through time (by reincarnating), flying in the face of cultural mores and using magic to subvert social order. It's a straight up witch comic of old, and correctly evokes the Vertigo of the 1990s. After this, you could be forgiven for seeing the tonal change into the present day as a "downshift," but if anything, it's five issues of nerve-wracking consistently ratcheted tension that begins to break, and really gets good a The first 10 pages of this are *amazing,* this coven of witches, traveling through time (by reincarnating), flying in the face of cultural mores and using magic to subvert social order. It's a straight up witch comic of old, and correctly evokes the Vertigo of the 1990s. After this, you could be forgiven for seeing the tonal change into the present day as a "downshift," but if anything, it's five issues of nerve-wracking consistently ratcheted tension that begins to break, and really gets good at the end, like all roller coasters ought. Really hoping for a volume two of this, but...

  12. 4 out of 5

    M.C. Chronister

    I thought I would enjoy this more when I read the synopsis on Hoopla. It was okay but I struggled to finish it because it was a little bland in my opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Casas Carreño

    Yet another idea that could have been SO MUCH MORE, but the end result didn’t quite match up. The first few pages had me hooked with Queer witch lovers escaping hunters through different time periods. Why must you disappointtt??? Some of the variant art covers were absolutely stunning. Otherwise, if you don’t read this, you’re not missing out on anything.

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Lost Dreamer

    Sadly, a good idea but a very boring comic book. The plot moves painfully slowly for four issues and then rushes absurdly in the two last ones. The characters are too lame and poorly defined for the reader to develop any kind of genuine interest in any of them. Villains are no better. The artwork isn't bad, but there is not a single page where you want to spend one more second than the ones you employed to read the text. Simply, a mediocre comic that isn't even really fun or interesting for peopl Sadly, a good idea but a very boring comic book. The plot moves painfully slowly for four issues and then rushes absurdly in the two last ones. The characters are too lame and poorly defined for the reader to develop any kind of genuine interest in any of them. Villains are no better. The artwork isn't bad, but there is not a single page where you want to spend one more second than the ones you employed to read the text. Simply, a mediocre comic that isn't even really fun or interesting for people who, like me, is quite interested in whitchcraft in fiction. I don't know if there will be any more issues, but I don't think I'll bother reading them. A shame, because it is not a bad idea.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leanna Keith

    Terrifically fun, a feminist reckoning with over-the-top violence. If you wished the Stepford Wives got vengeance, this is definitely for you. Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Practical Magic vibes. Don't take it too seriously, and maybe gloss over some of the detailing on the gore, and you'll have a great time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gina Brown

    There were some interesting ideas here, but they were sadly wrapped up in a painfully average package. I didn't it funny despite being constantly told it was hilarious, and I didn't care what happened to any of the characters. A shame, it looked great and I was sold by the concept.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Nothing like a bloody, witchy version of Stepford Wives. This is well written, beautifully illustrated and has excellent tension and pacing. I heard about this on the Reading Glasses podcast and I'm so happy I did!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell Kukulka

    A genuinely interesting concept let down by some of the most asinine writing I’ve ever come across in a comic book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    There's a weird dichotomy to this book - it feels like it's supposed to be very pro-feminism as the witches are initially shown as nigh-unstoppable creatures of power, but then the majority of the book takes place in an environment where they have been depowered and serve as Stepford Wives. I guess maybe it's to help set the stakes for the characters in the future, but it just felt a little skeevy to me, especially the commentary from the men surrounding these witches. Of course everything ends There's a weird dichotomy to this book - it feels like it's supposed to be very pro-feminism as the witches are initially shown as nigh-unstoppable creatures of power, but then the majority of the book takes place in an environment where they have been depowered and serve as Stepford Wives. I guess maybe it's to help set the stakes for the characters in the future, but it just felt a little skeevy to me, especially the commentary from the men surrounding these witches. Of course everything ends up falling apart, although it takes a lot longer to happen than I would have expected, and eventually the witches regain their powers and memories and get some revenge (but not a whole lot, yet). I think this was required to set the scene for a larger series, which can grow out of it and let the witches do their thing. But it looks like this is a one and done series, in which case I'm disappointed at how restrained the entirety of it ended up being. There was potential in the idea (and some well done art and style work), but the story execution failed it. I'm not sure that I could recommend it to anyone knowing that this is all there is to it - maybe just read the first issue which is the best of the bunch and doesn't really need the rest.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bjorn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall, this was pretty fun. The premise is great, and I loved the art (especially the covers that were designed by different artists), but there are some pacing and dialogue issues in the story that don't quite work for me. The first two chapters are quite good, and then the last four chapters felt less polished and a bit rushed. Perhaps the writer was working under a tight deadline, or something like that. I still liked the book a lot, but it didn't quite live up to my hopes and expectations. Overall, this was pretty fun. The premise is great, and I loved the art (especially the covers that were designed by different artists), but there are some pacing and dialogue issues in the story that don't quite work for me. The first two chapters are quite good, and then the last four chapters felt less polished and a bit rushed. Perhaps the writer was working under a tight deadline, or something like that. I still liked the book a lot, but it didn't quite live up to my hopes and expectations. *Spoiler alert* The ending, for me, is a mixed bag. I loved that the coven regains their power and destroys the architects' base of operations, but because of the weird pacing, the ending didn't feel "earned," I guess. I'm also frustrated and sad that the ending is open-ended, suggesting that there will be more to come, but it appears that this series may be cancelled for good. If it's not, I'll read the hell out of it, but I'm not holding my breath.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa (Sweetkokoro)

    The idea behind this sounded really interesting, a coven of witches are controlled by a group of male witch hunters into this whole suburbanian housewife life. But sadly it just wasn’t executed right. It was Painfully boring through most of the comic, the dialogue was filled with so many moments that made me cringe with distaste and roll my eyes. Took way to long for the women to discover what was going on, and then the punishments they lashed out just made no sense. It was discombobulated towar The idea behind this sounded really interesting, a coven of witches are controlled by a group of male witch hunters into this whole suburbanian housewife life. But sadly it just wasn’t executed right. It was Painfully boring through most of the comic, the dialogue was filled with so many moments that made me cringe with distaste and roll my eyes. Took way to long for the women to discover what was going on, and then the punishments they lashed out just made no sense. It was discombobulated towards the end. And those ending outfits the girls had on where full of cringe, it was almost like the illustrator was making fun of witches. I give it two stars for the art being well done (minus those ending outfits)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam Wescott

    Well, that was fun. I actually wish it had been paced a little slower though. The intro was A Lot and I felt a bit overwhelmed, but I thought the book really shined once it got into its weird Stepford Wives, isolated-gaslight-women groove. I think the slow dawning horror and realization of their situation was really the best part of the book and the peeling back of layers and lies was really exciting and fun. But then they kinda blew the doors off the whole story and things started moving WAY to Well, that was fun. I actually wish it had been paced a little slower though. The intro was A Lot and I felt a bit overwhelmed, but I thought the book really shined once it got into its weird Stepford Wives, isolated-gaslight-women groove. I think the slow dawning horror and realization of their situation was really the best part of the book and the peeling back of layers and lies was really exciting and fun. But then they kinda blew the doors off the whole story and things started moving WAY too quickly and got super chaotic immediately. All the atmospheric dread and careful buildup was pretty much exploded right away and I wish it had been drawn out a bit more. But it was still a really fun comic and I do recommend it. Just be aware that the pacing is a little crazy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    meh - took too long to really get down to business if the business is the witches figuring things out. If the business is/was the 1950's stepford wives scenario, then it's been done better. I'm likely to check out the 2nd volume if the ladies actually get to any hell-raising. But I'm hoping it's not along the lines of the hell-raising so far which has been more 'women really are witches and men have to handle them carefully' rather than 'this is a metaphor about how men gaslight women all the ti meh - took too long to really get down to business if the business is the witches figuring things out. If the business is/was the 1950's stepford wives scenario, then it's been done better. I'm likely to check out the 2nd volume if the ladies actually get to any hell-raising. But I'm hoping it's not along the lines of the hell-raising so far which has been more 'women really are witches and men have to handle them carefully' rather than 'this is a metaphor about how men gaslight women all the time and THEY ARE JUSTIFIABLY ANGRY.' Something tells me it's the former rather than the latter which, alas male author, why couldn't you surprise me?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I saw this graphic novel, and thought it looked good and picked it up thinking it would be a fun quick read. It was entertaining, though not great. The art is done by a woman, but the writing is done by a guy. That's fine, of course, but for a work purporting to have a feminist message, it made the characters, message etc fall a little flat in that regard. So I wouldn't say this is great quality art or literature. It's violent comic book silliness, and I like witches so I liked reading it. I hope I saw this graphic novel, and thought it looked good and picked it up thinking it would be a fun quick read. It was entertaining, though not great. The art is done by a woman, but the writing is done by a guy. That's fine, of course, but for a work purporting to have a feminist message, it made the characters, message etc fall a little flat in that regard. So I wouldn't say this is great quality art or literature. It's violent comic book silliness, and I like witches so I liked reading it. I hope to read the subsequent works.

  25. 5 out of 5

    angelofmine1974

    This one was just okay. The story is that the witches keep coming back every 100 years and generations of men keep trying to destroy them. The illustrations were great but it was way too violent and gory for my tastes. The only reason I finished it was due to the story when their memories were erased. That was the only saving grace of the comic which is why it got 2 stars. The daughter was my favorite character because she could talk to the cats and the cats!! They were awesome! Just sayin...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    Great art and a fun, clever story. The whole "people trapped in an artificial community and forgetting who they really are" thing is pretty irresistible, and it's done well for 5/6 of the book. And then part six comes, and out comes the sledgehammer. Oh, is this a feminist allegory? I had no idea! So glad it was spelled out for me! Comics readers are readers and are capable of figuring stuff out; too bad this book underestimates us.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    The author said he would have rather stretched out the Stepford portion of this for more issues but had to deliver a 6-issue story. I can see how giving that part more time to breathe would have helped. As it was characters had to go from "that's insane, I don't believe you" to "oh yes, of course" in a couple panels. But with the Vertigo lines being canceled we got what we got. I'm curious what arc 2 would have brought.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    Hex Wives by Ben Blacker relies on the tiresome narrative that men are bad and women are good. Men fear women so they control them. Women are powerful, men are weak and therefore, any violence done to men is justified because, you know, men are bad. Weak artwork and a weaker story cannot save this one or in the least, make it interesting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    I read the first issue when it first came out and hated it - and was disappointed by my reaction! It seemed like it could have been an interesting story. I'm glad I gave HEX WIVES another chance, because the narrative is much stronger in the completed volume, but... I still wasn't super satisfied with the story. I don't feel quite that the time was wasted but the payoff wasn't super satisfying.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Delanie

    This had the potential to be so much better than it actually was. It is intriguing enough where I would have loved to have had it as an ongoing series and given it the opportunity to get better. It's labeled as a miniseries, but it seems like it was a pilot setting up for a whole series that didn't get 'picked up by the network'.

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