Hex Wives #1

Writer: Ben Blacker Artist: Mirka Andolfo Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: October 31, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 12
7.8Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

"The women are too powerful. They must be tamed."
For hundreds of years a war has been waged between a coven of perpetually reincarnating witches and the all-male conspiracy known as the Architects. After the death of the lead Architect in 2005 it seemed the witches had finally defeated their foes.
Now, 13 years later, waking up in a perfect cookie cutter home at the end of a cul-de-sac in a sunny corner of suburbia, Isadora has no recollection of her past life as the leader of a witch coven, nor her soulmate Nadiya, let alone the centuries-old war she has waged in defense of the soul of America...

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathaniel Muir Oct 31, 2018

    Choosing strong writing and characters over traditional scares, Hex Wives is an excellent comic that will please everyone who reads it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 31, 2018

    This is a wickedly clever, subversive story. Blacker does a great job of creating this world and a cast of characters that all have something interesting about them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 31, 2018

    Historically, I am not much of a Vertigo fan; I always feel that with their main characters having so much history, I kind of missed the jumping on point. With Hex Wives however, there is no such issue. This is a totally new spin on the age-old men vs women and the subjugation of the genders, of which at times, allow for both to enjoy the upper hand, just not at the same time. With pacing being a a potential problem to overcome, the book is an interesting take, with engaging characters and enough of a selection of hooks and hints to keep the reader's attention. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Tevin Murphy Oct 31, 2018

    Overall Hex Wives is shaping up to be one of Vertigos new must-read series. The series has so much dramatic and comedic potential that I'm interested in seeing which direction they go and where we find our witches next. The board is set and all of the pieces are present, so what Blacker, Andolfo and the team do next will definitely determine just how far the series will go. I foresee some very interesting scenes in the future of the ladies discovering their true identities and to be quite honest I'm excited to go along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Dec 31, 1969

    HEX WIVES is the witches versus the patriarchy book you didn't know you needed. A deep plot, lots of violence, and the promise of swerves and twist make it a title you want to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Brian Arbizo Nov 8, 2018

    I did give the art an 8. Now to be fair I am an art snob, I love all forms of art. I think the art is great, what I didn't like about it was some of the facial expressions the lines in the face where drawn a little harsher then I like it but seriously that is me nitpicking. I love love the use of colors. It was bright and beautiful. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Oct 31, 2018

    The level of intensity starts high and then is dialed back when the mysterious prison of suburbia is revealed. What happens next is anyone's guess, but it is certain to be explosive. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 2, 2018

    The art by Andolfo is quite good. The book is full of life and the storyline and storytelling are both very spirited. This may be a sleeper hit for the new Vertigo line. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Oct 31, 2018

    Its a fascinating first issue, and Blackers story has the potential to be something truly unique if it can only find the right focus. Theres a real potential appeal to empowerment in this series, with a group of women who have lost those magical abilities which define them, a corollary to how women have been marginalized for centuries. This book has the potential to gaze into the nature of that marginalization from an appealing horror-fantasy angle. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Nov 1, 2018

    "Hex Wives" #1 is a chilling, yet timely and powerful debut, with fantastic visuals that range from innocently suburban to bloodcurdling visceral. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Oct 31, 2018

    All in all, Hex-Wives is a fine continuation of the Vertigo Comics revival and one heck of a good read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Lee Gough Oct 30, 2018

    The issue later shows us the side of man and their plan to defeat the king running coven. This is where we then cut to modern day (2008) and things take a drastic turn in seeing the witches in a completely different light. A brilliantly timed cliffhanger left me eagerly awaiting issue 2. I'd highly reccomend you pick this up this week it's captured my attention like some kind of spell. A must read this Halloween. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Oct 31, 2018

    This is a really good first issue, an amazing as usual, the fiction is much darker and more stirring than the reality of it, but it's the perfect book for the holiday Halloween season. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 31, 2018

    This is a fascinatingly creepy concept, but unlike Border Town, it feels a bit like a slim one. I'm not sure how much mileage this comic can get out of the story before things go to hell and the witches exact their bloody vengeance, but I have a feeling it's going to be a very entertaining ride when it happens. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 7, 2019

    A new story by Ben Blacker, that is equal parts fantasy action and social commentary, delivers pretty strongly in issue 1. The twist, with the Stepford Wives's like prison reveal, at the end of the book keeps this feeling original enough, that continued reading feels warranted. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan Hodgdon Nov 6, 2018

    This team knows what they want to say with this series, and the confidence and verve with which they say it goes a long way towards making this issue a fun and worthy read. And whileHex Wives #1 is not a perfect debut when it comes to giving us a thorough look at its characters, as a stylish, theme-driven roller coaster it makes for vicious Vertigo entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 2, 2018

    This debut maybe needed to play things a bit closer to the vest, but Hex Wives still delivers on an intriguing premise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Nov 1, 2018

    There's a lot of potential in this first issue to grow into something significant. There's just not enough here to tell if it will, or even what direction it will take. There's a lot still hidden from the reader that should be interesting to discover. While not overwhelming, it's a solid start, despite a lack of identification with any particular character, as none have been individualized to stand out as the lead. It's worth a try, and there's enough here to try next month as well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 31, 2018

    As a single issue, Hex Wives #1 may be fairly described as middling, but as the foundation for an ongoing series it is nothing short of thrilling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Oct 31, 2018

    I do think this is worth checking out. Aside from it being very boring at times, the art was gorgeous and the story starts and ends incredibly well. The next issue will be the true judge as to continue reading, but read this anyway! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Nov 4, 2018

    The artwork by Mirka Andolfo is great although seeing her draw gore is odd given her clean style. It works well for the housewife scenes but is not the right fit for the gore. It feels more like cartoon violence and gore like a failed Bugs Bunny experiment than something from Vertigo. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Nov 9, 2018

    The dialogue and story ramble on unnecessarily and doesn't maintain enough inertia to hold my interest. Read Full Review

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