Witch Hunter is an independent comic published by Monarch Comics. There is a Charlotte connection with the Jester Press’ Night (previously reviewed here) in the form of a Witch Hunter/Night: One Shot Crossover. The Witch Hunter/Night crossover is still available. Witch Hunter is a unique comic and offers a singular brand of storytelling. Its hero is part swashbuckler, part superhero and the title is actually a little misleading, but is a good example of the type of humor that runs throughout the comic. The tag line above the title on every issue reads, “Witch hunts aren’t about hunting witches. They never were.” The Witch Hunter (Jon Redmont) is actually a warrior that fights against the forces of darkness. Resurrected three hundred years after being burned at the stake with his mother and her coven, he returns with all the power of that union of witches and uses his gifts to fight the evil that lurks in the shadows.
The writing by Vincent Ferrante is heavily tongue in cheek and the art brings plenty of strange creatures your way. The first six pages of the first issue do not contain a single word, letting the pictures tell the tale. The pencils by “Scott” work well with the style and humor that Ferrante weaves his tale with and makes it resoundingly bizarre. At turns, I am thinking of the old Creepy and Eerie magazines and then Mad magazine and Cracked as a parade of uncanny creatures (note to Marvel Zombies: this does not mean X-Men) move through the story.
The second issue continues the tale and lays out more of the plot introducing the Dealer in a story called, Seven Card Stud. The Witch Hunter has to stop reality from being altered by the Scarlet Circle. This issue also begins a continuing back-up story that gives the details about the origin of Jon Redmont, Witch Hunter. It is a short feature that details what was told in pictures only in the first issue. The third issue has the Witch Hunter battling the Woman in Black who is also from the past and has a mysterious back-story of her own. The fourth issue’s story is The Grey Lady of Mystery Hill and the Witch Hunter explores an ancient ruin, which is part of a chain of power sights that include Stonehenge to use as a base in his fight against evil. If you are looking for a comic with something out of the ordinary that offers action, adventure, horror and humor–Witch Hunter is a book you will want to try.
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