The Witch's Hand
Brothers. Detectives. Witches? Meet Pete and Alastair Montague in the first installment of a new graphic novel duology that is the Hardy Boys meets Paper Girls.Pete and Alastair Montague are just a couple of mystery-solving twins, living an ordinary life. Or so they thought. After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they discover there is more to their detective skills than they had thought. Their guardian, David Faber, a once prominent professor, has been keeping secrets about their parents and what the boys are truly capable of.At the same time, three girls go missing after casting a mysterious spell, which sets in motion a chain of events that takes their small town down an unexpected path. With the help of David's daughter, Charlie, they discover there are forces at work that they never could have imagined, which will impact their lives forever.An exciting new graphic novel from innovative creators Nathan Page and Drew Shannon that is at once timely and thrilling.

The Witch's Hand Details

TitleThe Witch's Hand
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Comics, Mystery, Graphic Novels Comics, Fantasy, Magic

The Witch's Hand Review

  • Maggie Stiefvater
    January 1, 1970
    Teens, in particular, will dig this graphic novel about magical twins performing detective work in a 1960s small town. Shannon's atmospheric illustration (featuring both pompadours and XKEs) pairs with Page's often cheeky writing (banter for you! banter for you! banter for everyone!) to create an atmosphere both effectively recognizable and inclusive. The beginning is a bit lumpy as a heck-ton of named characters are introduced, but am I the author to complain about that? Probably not. Pot, meet Teens, in particular, will dig this graphic novel about magical twins performing detective work in a 1960s small town. Shannon's atmospheric illustration (featuring both pompadours and XKEs) pairs with Page's often cheeky writing (banter for you! banter for you! banter for everyone!) to create an atmosphere both effectively recognizable and inclusive. The beginning is a bit lumpy as a heck-ton of named characters are introduced, but am I the author to complain about that? Probably not. Pot, meet kettle, you've heard of each other? By the end, the complex interpersonal relationships, particularly between the teens and their reluctant teacher, coalesce into something quite satisfying. And as someone who also has a graphic novel featuring magic and twins coming out this fall (Swamp Thing: Twin Branches), I enjoyed the synchronicity of the twinning. All in all, The Witch's Hand, as they say, was pretty groovy.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This YA graphic novel (coming out in July 2020) is the first of a series following twins Al and Pete, and their stepsister Charlie, amateur detectives who are just getting acquainted with their ability to practice Magic, set in a small New England town in 1969. I was immediately charmed by their family, and enjoyed the Hardy Boys-esque vibe of their mystery adventure. The beginnings of their Magic lessons were especially fun, and leave me very interested for more. Just overall a really delightfu This YA graphic novel (coming out in July 2020) is the first of a series following twins Al and Pete, and their stepsister Charlie, amateur detectives who are just getting acquainted with their ability to practice Magic, set in a small New England town in 1969. I was immediately charmed by their family, and enjoyed the Hardy Boys-esque vibe of their mystery adventure. The beginnings of their Magic lessons were especially fun, and leave me very interested for more. Just overall a really delightful read with characters I look forward to seeing again!
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  • Harry Jahnke
    January 1, 1970
    This was GREAT. I loved the art style, I loved the 60's setting, I love that it's Hardy Boys but with ghosts, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT. This one's a winner, through and through.
  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    A hefty chunk of graphic novel for the tweenage years, this is a decent stand-alone adventure. It's very much Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, except the Boys are fostered by the professorial father of the girl, and it's firmly in the real world of the late 1960s, so the local record joint has got a countdown to Woodstock in the window, and Stonewall riots are on the radio. Oh, and everything concerns magic, so there's a kind of 'we know that he knows that we know that he knows that we use magic in ou A hefty chunk of graphic novel for the tweenage years, this is a decent stand-alone adventure. It's very much Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, except the Boys are fostered by the professorial father of the girl, and it's firmly in the real world of the late 1960s, so the local record joint has got a countdown to Woodstock in the window, and Stonewall riots are on the radio. Oh, and everything concerns magic, so there's a kind of 'we know that he knows that we know that he knows that we use magic in our investigations' thought from the lads, and it's kind of an unhidden, unspoken secret that the old man is actually a magecraft professor. But nobody can really know what is going to come out of the small town woodwork when a local bigwig's daughter vanishes.The end result is good fun, but a little easy to pick holes in from the adult reader's perspective. I did like the fact that we get a drip-feed of detail about everyone's previous history to the missing girl, but that does count as quite a bit of exposition, and the more of it there is then the less we get of the current story played out in front of us. Also, the ending – while quite good fun, still – doesn't really have a lot of agency. Too many people are doing too little, and it's not as dramatic as it might need to be. Still, we're promised this is a diptych of books, and the idea we can count on there only being one sequel and not an endless chain of diminishing returns is a fine one. This offering gets three and a half stars from me, but the target reader will rate it more highly.
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  • Kirsten
    January 1, 1970
    I have an advanced reader copy, and I'm glad they put some colour pages in as samples - this is going to be a stunning book when in full colour, and the story's pretty good too!
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    The Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page, 352 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2020. $18.Language: R (63 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - OPTIONALAUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGEAfter solving a case to find a missing dog, Al and Pete, with their adoptive sister Charlie, are told to take a day off cases and enjoy the summer like normal kids. And they do. Until a suspicious storm incites investigation, leading to magic and witches and a whole lot of t The Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page, 352 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2020. $18.Language: R (63 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - OPTIONALAUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGEAfter solving a case to find a missing dog, Al and Pete, with their adoptive sister Charlie, are told to take a day off cases and enjoy the summer like normal kids. And they do. Until a suspicious storm incites investigation, leading to magic and witches and a whole lot of trouble.Like the Hardy boys, these twin brothers find ways to get into trouble and reveal secrets as amatuer sleuths -- Al and Pete just have more fanciful resources. Their story was interesting to read, though a little darker and more dire than I imagined with murder and a remorseless villian. The illustrations by Shannon do a marvelous job of conveying the sinister and foreboding vibe of the story and were my favorite part of this book.Reviewer: Carolina Herdegenhttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...
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  • Carro Herdegen
    January 1, 1970
    Language: R (63 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13After solving a case to find a missing dog, Al and Pete, with their adoptive sister Charlie, are told to take a day off cases and enjoy the summer like normal kids. And they do. Until a suspicious storm incites investigation, leading to magic and witches and a whole lot of trouble.Like the Hardy boys, these twin brothers find ways to get into trouble and reveal secrets as amatuer sleuths -- Al and Pete just have more fanciful reso Language: R (63 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13After solving a case to find a missing dog, Al and Pete, with their adoptive sister Charlie, are told to take a day off cases and enjoy the summer like normal kids. And they do. Until a suspicious storm incites investigation, leading to magic and witches and a whole lot of trouble.Like the Hardy boys, these twin brothers find ways to get into trouble and reveal secrets as amatuer sleuths -- Al and Pete just have more fanciful resources. Their story was interesting to read, though a little darker and more dire than I imagined with murder and a remorseless villian. The illustrations by Shannon do a marvelous job of conveying the sinister and foreboding vibe of the story and were my favorite part of this book.Reviewed for https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    While this book is listed as YA, it certainly looks to tackle emotions that are deeper than you may find in other stories under this monicker. The story itself is well written and provides the basis for further adventures (Al, Pete & Charlie are all likable characters that developed well through this first tale).The illustrations are awesome as well, love the Tin Tin-esque style to the book! Look forward to reading what the twins get up to next. While this book is listed as YA, it certainly looks to tackle emotions that are deeper than you may find in other stories under this monicker. The story itself is well written and provides the basis for further adventures (Al, Pete & Charlie are all likable characters that developed well through this first tale).The illustrations are awesome as well, love the Tin Tin-esque style to the book! Look forward to reading what the twins get up to next.
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  • Lucy Ferr
    January 1, 1970
    Just a fun read. The characters are full of heart and the story is fun to follow. The dynamic between the family members (and extended members) is very touching and comes off as very real. The illustrations are a great accompaniment to the 1960s story too, it all meshes really well together. I had a very hard time putting it down.Overall really enjoyed it and highly recommend.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5A delightful read that felt both fresh and nostalgic. Love the story and art both!Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult. 4.5/5A delightful read that felt both fresh and nostalgic. Love the story and art both!Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
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  • Parker J
    January 1, 1970
    IM TRULY OBSESSED! It’s funny, it’s cute, it’s intriguing, it’s gay, it’s full of ghosts, it’s feminist, it’s full of badass characters, it’s full of found family. It has everything I need in a book and more. Give me volume 2 immediately
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  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    Familiar story, with modern twists. Magic, family, history and good vs evil.
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Y’all, this graphic novel is amazing. The art is fantastic and I’m so invested in the world and the characters. I will definitely be reading all the Montague Twin stories.
  • Ben
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the characters and writing more than the plot, but I'd probably check out the further adventures of this magic-wielding, mystery-solving crew.
  • Amanda [Novel Addiction]
    January 1, 1970
    This was great! I would definitely read more by this author, with these characters, etc.
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