I have some time off so I’m going to finally get back to working through my unreads again. Starting with this one, which I decided to pick up after reading the first issue and going, “Yep, this is going to be better as a trade.”
I was definitely right on that one. There are a lot of characters that I would have completely forgotten about going issue by issue, along with little plot points and hints here and there that would have been ignored with the break between issues. The significance of the crow, the details of bodies found, things that should have been off – these are all small details that require this book to be done in one sitting instead of spread out.
The idea of it is a lot of fun, though that’s pretty much all it has going for it for me. There’s an old family of witches in modern day with a lot of dark history and secrets and one woman manages to get free of that life, only to go back. I’m not actually sure why Eve goes back, though. She was a cop in the city and cracked a big case, but after getting shot in the head she is off the force. There’s little bits, but there’s nothing satisfactory to say why she goes back.
It really felt like there was a lot of that. If you aren’t thinking about it much, you’ll breeze right over it, but why is there a doctor in an insane asylum carving symbols into patients? What are the symbols actually doing? Where did all these girls learn to do magic if there’s only one magic book kept at Coffin manor as far as I know? What was the thing that attacked Eve and why did it look completely different between the two confrontations? Why are all the women naked and useless during the finale?
There’s some really interesting ideas here, but the execution isn’t quite there yet. I think a lot of my problem is that Eve is a bit too generic for me. She’s a bad girl because she keeps telling me she’s a bad girl. Besides trying to steal her best friend’s boyfriend, though, she doesn’t seem to do anything that is legitimately bad. She was a cop! She turned around her bad adolescence! Why am I supposed to believe she’s a bad girl now if she doesn’t do anything bad? And can she please have a personality that doesn’t sound like me when I was trying to be dark and mysterious as a teenager?
I might stick with it, though. I mean, by the end, there was something more to cling to than ideas. The magic and the way the world works is interesting and I am a sucker for the badass ladies doing dark magic in modern day. I hope Eve develops more of a personality in subsequent volumes, at least.
Also, why the mask and what is with her eye? I have way too many questions.
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