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Witchcraft Works, Vol. 5

Witchcraftworks5Witchcraft Works, Vol. 5
by Ryu Mizunagi
Vertical Comics, 186 pgs
Rating: Not Rated

Ayaka and Honoka find themselves between a rock a hard place as they come under attack by a new, powerful and clever enemy. The enigmatic Tower Witch known as Weekend! After swiftly defeating Ayaka’s mother, she launches a explosive plan to capture Honoka, forcing the duo and the rest of the Workshop Witches onto the defensive! Is there anyway to stop Weekend? Witchcraft Works, Vol. 5 sees Ryu Mizunagi ramp up the action and destruction as the new enemy looms!

Ryu Mizunagi’s artwork continues to be the highlight of the series. Her detailed character designs and backgrounds provide ample eye candy. At times they almost feel a bit too over designed, threatening to loose readers as the patterns blend and shift, making distinct character shapes difficult to make out at times, though this is thankfully less of a problem here than it was in volume three. The action scenes tend towards the short and speedy, but much of the book is instead focused on interaction and dialogue.

A page from Witchcraft Works, Vol. 5

Good parenting.

Sadly the story and the characters aren’t as interesting as the artwork. While Ryu Mizunagi’s clearly created quite a complex world for the series, with organizations, deep lore and more, the characters who occupy it are kinda of forgettable. They tend to just blur together and no one really jumps out as being terribly memorable. Many also seem to be fairly one note. Ayaka, for example, is pretty much your typical strong, silent and stoic character. She’s cold and aloof and… uh, that’s about all the personality she shows us. Honoka fairs a little better, but still feels fairly bland and forgettable. For much of the volume his emotional state is confused, towards the end he becomes a little more active and less passive, but throughout much of the volume he’s fairly helpless. Admittedly, this is a bit of a nice role switch, with the woman, Ayaka, being the strong capable character who has to protect and save Honoka and actually does it pretty damn well. It’s a nice twist on a fairly typical cliche endemic to stories the world over, but it’s not really enough to hold my attention when the rest of the story and characters are bland and forgettable.

Witchcraft Works, Vol. 5 continues to be a show case for Ryu Mizunagi’s lovely artwork, while the story still leaves me cold and bored. There’s just no one and nothing in these volumes which makes me care about the characters or their actions. Ultimately it’s a pretty, but forgettable read.

Witchcraft Works, Vol. 5 is available now from Vertical Comics. Review copy provided by the publisher.

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