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Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever – A Review

A few years ago I picked up the first volume of the Hellboy spin-off title, Withcfinder: In the Service of Angels and I was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was (with stellar art too). And so when I heard there was going to further installation in the Witchfinder saga I was excited. Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever isn’t a direct sequel to the prior volume, but continues to tell of the exploits of Sir Edward Grey, this time as he ventures into the American West.

This volume of Witchfinder feels very much like The Sixth Gun series that is currently running. The parallels stem from the location of the American West and the horror-esque styling of both titles. Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever feels weaker than the The Sixth Gun mostly in regards to the content that the two share. The first volume of Witchfinder was evenly paced, had lots of fun action, and enjoyable turns in the narrative. It’s follow-up doesn’t really take advantage of these things. The monsters and mythos seem a little out of place and not as fleshed out as the atmosphere as The Sixth Gun. It’s simply not one of the stronger works by either Mike Mignola or John Arcudi. But by no means is Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever a poorly written comic, it’s still fun to read, and a lot is added by the late John Severin.

The addition of John Severin for art was a fantastic decision. Severin, a veteran of comic art utilized his decades of experience in cult comics for what would-be his final work. Everything in the comic is super detailed and fill of needed expressions and contrasts of light. Dave Stewart did an excellent job in capturing the tones that Severin was penciling in his work. Normally, Stewart adds a lot of rich colors, but here he toned them down to match the gritty feeling of the American West. It’s a nice change of pace in the Hellboy universe (though there are several other artists working on side works doing similar things), as well as a send-off to a treasure in the community.

Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever is certainly not a bad comic. The writing is entertaining and the art is strong. It just lacks the punch of the previous volume and pales to The Sixth Gun (both I recommend if you’re a fan of the genre). But for those who like to read everything in the Hellboy universe (like myself) than this is a must. For others, this probably won’t leave the strongest impression, but would make a good read all the same.

Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever is written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with art by John Severin. It’s distributed by Dark Horse comics.

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