Robert Kinosian's Reviews > Showcase Presents: The Witching Hour, Vol. 1

Showcase Presents by Neal Adams
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Jun 28, 2011

really liked it
Read from June 23 to 28, 2011

The Witching Hour was an interesting mystery/horror book with a fun framing device for the stories. Three witches introduce each issue and then tell one story each, one of the witches favoring inhabited object stories, one more traditional horror, and one going for a more "modern" touch (what qualified for modern in the early 70's at least). Because of this conceit, there tends to be a good variety of different types of stories in each issue.

Some people may find the modern witch a bit dated or annoying with her use of slang and differing opinions about what a witch should be. I personally found it quite entertaining every time she used some sort of retro-modern reference (and believe me, that happens a lot). Overall I think that the "mod" witch adds more than she subtracts from the material, and she isn't completely unbearable.

The art in this volume is almost uniformly great, with some especially impressive performances by Gray Morrow. Alex Toth also does a solid job with most of the framing stories with the three witches. Some of these stories have obviously been reprinted or re-purposed from other DC mystery titles, and in a few spots it is obvious where the witches have been added in on a single frame of a story to tie them in with the rest of the book.

Around issue #16 The Witching Hour went to a "bigger and better" format, which greatly diluted the overall theme of the book because now it had to contain more than three stories per issue to meet its larger page count. After this point the coherency of the title really went downhill, but luckily you're already more than 2/3rds of the way through this Showcase before you reach this point. Overall this volume definitely deserves a 4-star rating and is worth picking up for an amazingly low cover price for 551 pages of classic horror comics.
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