Spell on Wheels #1 ComicWow! Review


When the Sister Witches are running their “tattoo & tarot” tent at a carnival, they get an odd feeling that hits them all of a sudden. Someone is in their house. He got past their protection spell and took their most valuable possessions, except one that his employer (whom we haven’t met yet) specifically asked for: a compass. While the thief sells their magical tools all over the country, the witches go after them. Little do they know, the thief is someone they actually know.

All three witches are serious about their stolen magical tools, but their individual personalities do show fairly well throughout their dialogue. Jolene Nguyen (27) is a spunky technopath and has emotional manipulation on lock. She is a voice of reason in the group of sister witches, but still offers a crude and humorous comment when it comes to revenge.

Claire Bettany (26) is a psychic, who has visions and reads tarot cards like a pro. She is the most distraught when the women find that their stuff has been stolen. She is the most serious of them all and has a personal connection with the thief himself.

Finally, Andy Highsmith (23) is a master of spells, charms, and potions. Being the youngest, she has much to learn. She is sort of introverted, but gets along well with the rest of the group. She gets a little annoying with all her optimism, but she keeps the tone lighthearted enough that we enjoy it.

What really makes the progression of this issue seem natural is the character interaction between the “sisters.” These three characters talk to each other really nicely but still adding in an element of bluntness. It’s this emotion that makes the women’s actions and reactions feel really fluid.

The concept of this story is a really interesting one. I am a little bit biased, though, because I love anything spooky, especially the realism of witches and/or black magic. The idea of three witches of different power backgrounds traveling the country is pretty darn cool. One, they’re going to meet a lot of curious people along the way and, two, they can’t function as well individually, so they have to travel as a group. While I don’t think it’s necessarily a good thing when this kind of thing happens, the protagonist here is a group of people, not just one character (although Claire does get a lot of attention, hmm). So, it’s acceptable and even entertaining.

Artist Megan Levens illustrates this issue with a fairly cartoonish art style. This means that the characters are overly-expressive, which is a good thing. Jolene is pretty much angry a lot of the time, Claire looks worried, and Andy looks as if she knows something bad is going to happen.

Something you wouldn’t expect is that the sisters’ house is really vibrant. Marissa Louise’s colors help emphasize Leth’s creation of an everyday type of witch. This so epically breaks the stereotype that witches are dark, morbid, scary creatures. These women look and act like normal people. This isn’t, of course, the first time we’re seeing a “normal” witch, but it definitely makes for a good story. For a fun and adventurous read, look no further!

Written by: Kate Leth

Illustrated by: Megan Levens


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