Charm School: Magical Witch Girl Bunny #1–3 (of 3)
[Slave Labor Graphics $2.95 US B&W]
Written & Illustrated by Elizabeth Watasin
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Bunny is your typical teenager. She attends Haunt High School, hangs out with her friends at the local hamburger joint, Shivers, goes on dates and she’s a witch. She also lives in a magical realm known as the Twilight World more precisely in a town called Little Salem which is populated by witches, vampires, werewolves, zombies, witch doctors, demons, devils, well, you get the idea.
In “The Wrecking Faerie” Bunny and her very butch vampire girlfriend, Dean, have a good relationship until Bunny is tempted by a bad girl faerie known as Fairer Than. Fairer Than gets her kicks out of messing with people and she’s decided to break up Bunny and Dean. Fairer Than is part faerie, part mortal and part dragon which makes her alluring charms even more potent and even more dangerous for Bunny’s hormones.
Elizabeth Watasin has created a, forgive the pun, charming world for Bunny, a hipper, gay version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, to inhabit. The characters are played for laughs more than gothic horror. The plot and character conflicts are on an Archie Comics level—the complete opposite of the kind of adventure you would get in your average Hellboy mini-series. Add to this the fact that Watasin’s cartooning skills are top-notch and she does know how to draw cute girls and you end up with an entertaining mini-series.
If some of Elizabeth Watasin’s panel layouts were less expansive, this story probably could have been handled as a two-issue mini but I’m sure the lure of playing with more pages was a big temptation. On a positive note, the story concludes by the end of the third issue but things are left open for more adventures in Little Salem involving Bunny, Dean and Fairer Than.
Charm School is a light-hearted and fun romp through a mystical world populated by cute witches and other supernatural creatures. If you like horror comics that aren’t at all gory or horrifying, give this mini-series a try.
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