Thessaly: Witch for Hire (2004) #1

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Willingham is in very comfortable territory with this issue. It sort of resembles the first series, but with the charm factor increased. It doesn’t hurt the issue is set in Italy and McManus is fabulous at drawing scenery so the whole issue is lovely.

And Willingham does come up with a good story for the issue, though it doesn’t really explain what the next three issues will be about. It’s a somewhat direct sequel, with Thessaly’s admirer returning to her life. Willingham takes it further than just keeping the same cast as the first series, he also treats this issue as a direct continuation of small events mentioned. It’s great for the familiar reader and probably slightly confusing for anyone just picking up this issue.

There are some great lines—a lot of it is talking heads—and the tone’s welcoming.

It’s a fun first issue, but not earth-shattering.

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