The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #1 (REVIEW)

May 25, 2021

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The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #1
Dark Horse

Written by: Bartosz Sytybor
Art by: Vanesa R. Del Ray
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar

Whether or not Dark Horse made the decision to keep Bartosz Sytybor on The Witcher for another miniseries before or after The Witcher: Fading Memories, he absolutely earned another shot after his impressive four-issue run.

Now, I would’ve liked to see Amad Mir back as artist, too. His work on the series was the right mix of weird and epic — but not weirdly epic or epically weird. Mir captured the essence of the medieval-type times the story takes place in while still respecting the odd issues Geralt faces throughout.

That’s not to say I won’t warm up to Vanesa R. Del Ray’s work, but she definitely leans into the weird more than Mir. If that’s your thing, then The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #1 is for you. 

But even if you’re not fully sold on the art, like myself, the story has promise. Plus, Sytybor has more than earned more than a little faith.

Much like with The Witcher: Fading Memories, there’s quite a bit of bouncing around with The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #1. Sytybor raises a couple of significant questions that hook you in, and I have no doubt he’ll provide answers to those by the end of his new miniseries with the character. Hopefully, by then, I’ll be completely comfortable with the interior art — Del Ray’s cover is awesome.

Score: 7.5