The Montague Twins: The Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page & Drew Shannon
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
The Montague Twins was an exciting story that featured some amazing art. I was completely absorbed by this novel and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. The overall story was really creative and I really enjoyed the fantasy aspects included. When I read the synopsis I didn’t realize magic was going to be involved in the story and I didn’t think the title “The Witch’s Hand” meant a literal witch, so it was a pleasant surprise when characters started mentioning mages and magic. Another thing that I absolutely loved was the artist’s use of lighting and colors in certain scenes. He would always use certain colors to associate with certain types of scenes when it came to a part where things became especially eerie, which created the perfect chilling mood. For instance, whenever the Witch would come into a scene, the artist would use these perfect shades of green that really accented the lighting and shading, that made the scene 10x better.
The main characters’ dynamic together was absolutely perfect and was great to read. I would say there’s four main characters in this novel (Al, Pete, Charlie, and Rowan) and they all created a perfect balance towards each other. Not all of them see eye to eye on everything, but when they all think together, they were the perfect bunch. My favorite character is probably Al because he was just a drama queen who always needed to be right, and he added a lot of interest to the story. Sometimes his character would even act as a comic relief, even though I wouldn’t entirely define his character as the comic relief of this story. He could just defuse a scene with his sarcasm or questions.
Overall, this was an amazing and entertaining novel that I most definitely loved! Everything from the artistry to the character building was on spot, and I enjoyed every moment of reading this novel. If you’re looking for a mystery graphic novel that perfectly balances out scenes with lighthearted banter and scenes that are both chilling and eerie, this is the novel for you!
The incredible cover art and illustrations in this novel are by Drew Shannon.
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