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The Witching Hour #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

The secret spell to control the universe is contained in this anthology! Also included are nine new supernatural tales by a coven of the best writers and artists VERTIGO could cram into 70 pages, including Cliff Chiang, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Lauren Beukes, Mark Buckingham, and more!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
73 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    The cover (by the phenomenally talented Jenny Frisson) promises nine tales of divine horror, but what you really get are nine tales of monsters both magical and mundane. The stories selected for The Witching Hour (mostly) encapsulate the idea that sometimes, the most horrifying thing we can imagine lies within ourselves.

  • 90

    Comics: The Gathering

    Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham, and Victor Santos give us a Dead Boy Detectives preview for the new ongoing launching over at Vertigo soon. The story captured a nice tone between the morose and cheerful. Yet, the art with layouts and finishes lost it’s humanity and started to feel hollow. It looked something a strange version of pencils that Buckingham could have put together. Hopefully the further adventures of these characters will entice me more than this installment did.

  • 80

    Bloody Disgusting

    My favorite is the short, “Dead Boy Detectives in Run Ragged.” Toby Litt’s witty humor has such a strong presence in the narrative, especially when Edwin and Charles find themselves trapped in a haunted school. Mark Buckingham’s panel layouts are incredibly creative as the camera follows Maggy and Libby as they leave the tree house to rescue the dead boy detectives. The conclusion makes me excited for the upcoming “Dead Boy Detectives” series in December.

    Readers will definitely get themselves in the Halloween spirit after reading the spooky tales in “The Witching Hour”.

  • 80

    Comic Spectrum

    The price of this book is hefty at $7.99, but I feel it’s worth it. It’s exciting to discover talent that you’re not familiar with, and in each of the three stories I highlighted above, that was the case. I’m now looking forward to seeing what these creators do next, and hope to follow them to their next projects, wherever that may be. Not every story was great, but every story was at least solid. There’s something here for most tastes and I encourage you to give it a try.

  • 75


    The mix of stories doesn’t feel eclectic enough, with the majority of them coming in with high word counts and a lot of patience. The first 5 or so stories do set an incredible bar though, and are well worth your time, it’s just that the remaining stories almost feel tacked on rather than warranted.

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