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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 “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 “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 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. 5 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. 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.

  5. 5 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.

  6. 5 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 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

    Shannon

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

  8. 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 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...

  9. 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.

  10. 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 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 5 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.

  14. 5 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 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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...

  17. 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    QDLV

    Hex Wives is a story with teeth. Bloody teeth to be specific. This is a dark series and definitely worth picking up if you're into powerful magical women getting even with their opressors but if you're squeamish about blood, cutting, or death, this may not be the best graphic novel to read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    This is a cute idea, but the story isn't what I expected. I agree with a few of the reviews that say it's good but not great, I was expecting more for how unique the story is. I do like the message of women uniting and it comes together in the end, but felt a bit cheesy for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I wanted to love this, and the first half of issue one ruled, but it was clunky and didn't make nearly enough sense for me to stay engaged in the story. Rip Vertigo. If another volume ever comes out, I'll probably pick it up to see if it improves.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I really liked the concept of this and the characters but the plot had some pacing problems. Not sure if there will be more issues of this but it would be cool to see what the coven does now that they're free.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Morningstar

    Such fun. Definitely a stepford wives feel, but with witches. Can’t wait to read more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Interesting concept...perfect fit for a dead line in Vertigo! Dang I kind of wish there was more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bracicot

    So good. You know that thing where people think you are dangerous and unhinged because you defend yourself? Omg.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Collins

    Can’t wait for more!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    Kind of a slow and confusing first half, but the second half picked up to a pretty enjoyable story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thérèse Bradstreet

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mithun Gangopadhyay

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