Review: ‘Hex Vet: Witches in Training’
Hex Vet: Witches in Training
by Sam Davies
KaBoom! (Boom! Studios), $8.99
Combine apprentices, magic, and caring for animals, and you have Hex Vet: Witches in Training.
Clarion and Annette are aspiring veterinarians for supernatural creatures. Clarion is cheery and good-hearted, while Annette comes from a family with a scary reputation, and the town gossip has made her grumpy.
Clarion is sent to clear a bugbear out of the storage room, while Annette has to work reception. When a strange rabbit with magical eyes appears at the office, while the supervising vet and her nurse are out on a call, the two girls have to work together to protect their patients.
The simple lines and shapes are reminiscent of the cartoon-styled art so popular these days. The lessons are simple but powerful: appearances can be deceiving, and kindness will be repaid. This is a quick, lightweight read that older audiences will find predictable, particularly once the lengthy concluding action sequence starts, but there’s plenty of potential here for future world-building, spurring young imaginations.
We’ve previously posted a lengthy preview.
After the story, there’s a section showing the artist’s process of page construction, which also encourages readers to make their own stories.
Johanna Draper Carlson has been reviewing comics for over 20 years. She manages ComicsWorthReading.com, the longest-running independent review site online that covers all genres of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. She has an MA in popular culture, studying online fandom, and was previously, among many other things, webmaster for DC Comics. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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