COMIC REVIEW: Spell On Wheels #1

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Spell On Wheels is like Supernatural, just a million times better, and with badass tattoos and lipstick.

Three young witches are robbed of their magical items, and they’ll have to hit the road to track down the mysterious thief before he does any damage to—or with—their possessions.

spell_on_wheels_1_2It’s incredibly refreshing to see a comic written by women and starring an all female lead. Not only refreshing, but a rarity in the mainstream. Spell On Wheels is written by Kate Leth (Hellcat, Bravest Warriors) who is also my long-standing lady crush, drawn by Megan Levens (Buffy), and coloured by Marissa Louise, and is, quite literally, magical.

Claire, Andy and Jolene are the last remaining three ‘pure blood’ witches of their generation, brought together by their families to try to track down others like them, or at least, those who have the potential to be like them. Each of the witches have different, specialist abilities: Claire has senses and skills with the Tarot as well as visions. Andy, the youngest, is an expert in potions and spellcraft, and Jolene is a kickass tattoo artist and technopath who can inject not only ink into her skin art but also blessings and/curses. It’s so good to see such diversity in the characters and not have them all be tropey, which can so often happen with female characters in comics. These women are intelligent, strong and…well, normal. I mean, aside from all the magic. They’re just like you and me, which is something that is important to me as a women who has been reading comics for 20-odd years. So often, women with powers are portrayed as warrior goddesses, when actually, if you think about it, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell if someone who walked past you on the street had powers or not.

The ladies have their home broken into and many of their magical items stolen, some of which are generations old. Using all their special talents, they start to track down the perpetrator and their stolen belongings, but who is the puppeteer pulling the strings of the blond, ex-boyfriend puppet?

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From interviews with the creators that I’ve read, there is going to be even more ‘every day’ representation to come. Jolene for example is queer (YAY!), which as a queer lady myself, I loveloveLOVE. There is also going to be some past abusive relationships, which again I can identify with thanks to my past marriage. So from that stand point alone, this comic run has me hooked. FINALLY, some female characters I can relate to who don’t wear spandex and kiss boys.

Even if you can’t get with the whole witchcraft thing, Spell on Wheels is important, as it has some much-needed and refreshing representation for those of us who may feel as though we aren’t catered for particularly well. From the point of view of the ladies in the story as well as their creators, if you want something done properly, you can rely on women to get that shit done.

Publisher: Dark Horse

Rating: 4.5 /5

Reviewer: Vix

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