The Redlands’ witches see a new threat and it may jeopardize their safety in Redlands #2.
We last left the witches in 1977 as they took over the town of Redlands, Florida. However, this issue takes place in the present as the three witches are now police officers.
A series of ritualistic murders have been taking place throughout the town. As the trio approach the scene they see they were meant to find the victims. Three young women were stripped naked, tied to metal stakes in the ground, each posed in the crucifixion position and each has a physical likeness to each witch.
When the victims are examined they find a red piece of cloth in their mouths. This was an ancient practice by alchemists to cover their tracks. If it wasn’t apparent before it is now that someone knows who and more importantly what they are.
I loved the straight up horror of the first issue, but this issue backs way off that tone. However, I still like this issue. It focused more on the occult nature of the witches and the importance of staying hidden.
Art is a strong point in the issue. It has the same art team as the first issue, Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey, and they do a great job. The art has a gritty feel which I like and lends itself to the tone of the comic.
The fact that we don’t know what these women are is frustrating to me. I keep saying witches because that is most likely what they are, but we are never told that. This series has me interested in this universe, but I need to know more about the characters.
I am worried the series will gloss over the history and backstory of the witches and move straight into this new threat. The backstory is what I am really interested in, but I feel they may just give the reader little glimpses of it. This comic has given me high hopes and I am worried it may let me down.
It is hard to say how much I liked the issue because so much of it is just setting up future events and characters. This issue is a lot of flash and very little substance,but I don’t mean that in a bad way. However, the following issues must explain to the reader these ideas and characters they set up.
I am holding my breath to see which direction the story will go. It could turn into an amazing horror comic because it has all the pieces there already. However, it could also fade away into nothing if it doesn’t realize its potential.
Written by: Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey
Art by: Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover by: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Publisher: Image Comics