Written by: Ben Blacker
Art by: Mirka Andolfo
Colors by: Marissa Louise
Letters by: Josh Reed
Hex Wives is a new series for DC’s Vertigo by Ben Blacker, one half of ‘Acker & Blacker’ of the stage, podcast and comics series The Thrilling Adventure Hour. Hex wives sets up the premise of a witch coven, the members of which are reborn in every generation, unaware of their true identity until it is awakened by some event. Their mortal enemies are a group of men who have hunted these witches for generations. Their latest idea to stop the witches: prevent them from ever finding out that they are witches. Cue Hex wives: the members of the coven are 50s housewives who live in a cul-de-sac with their (witch hunter) husbands, oblivious to their witch identities.
Blacker has a wealth of experience writing historical fantasy, having written a space western, a victorian time travel saga and a 1920s supernatural detective to name a few in the Thrilling Adventure Hour. So it’s not surprising that his latest book would be about 1950s suburban witches. The satire of 50s housewives doting on their husbands every wish, whilst they are withholding their wives’ potential power, is the catalyst for both the laughs in this series as well as the constant eerie feeling.
I’ve enjoyed reading Hex Wives so far, it’s a good mix of light comedy as well as keeping you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next. I’m excited to see where Ben Blacker takes the story and to find out more about the women in this cul-de-sac.
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