Graphic Novel Goodness: Will O’ the Wisp by Tom Hammock

October 27, 2013 5 stars, Book Review, Comics 14 ★★★★★

Will O the Wisp

After her parents’ accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, deep in the southern swamps. Joined by her grandfather’s pet raccoon Missy, Aurora explores the fog-covered island of graves. Along the way she meets its sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried.

Will O’ the Wisp by Tom Hammock (website) & illustrated by Megan Hutchinson

My Thoughts:
I absolutely adored Will O’ the Wisp! After Aurora’s parents die from mushroom poisoning and she goes to live in that swamp with her very taciturn grandfather she is exposed to this whole culture of superstition and hoodoo that she had never seen the likes of before. She is taken under the wing of the local hoodoo woman and slowly begins to learn about magic. It takes the rest of the locals awhile to warm up to her but when they do she fits in among them as if she were always there. With her new raccoon friend and budding belief in herself Aurora confronts her bitterness and learns she not alone in the world after all. Will O’ the Wisp is such a slightly creepy but truly endearing read. Not to mention I love love love the illustrations. I am already hunting down this illustrator to see what else I can of her work!  I highly recommend this graphic novel to hey…everybody.

Illustrations – 5 stars – gorgeous and consistently beautiful throughout the entire volume
Story– 5 – Excellent story about a girls journey through tragedy to finding her place.

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14 Responses to “Graphic Novel Goodness: Will O’ the Wisp by Tom Hammock”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh yes – I really liked this one. The best part is that you really did get a complete story in this volume. So even if there are no more you aren’t left hanging!

  1. Jaime Lester

    So maybe this one will be my first graphic story of goodness…. It sounds awesome. Love the hoodoo and love anything creepy. And the cover is perfection. Yep, I will be looking into this one. Thank you for another wonderful review!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      So you’re saying you haven’t read any graphic novels before??? OMG we must get you into them! I believe they have a bunch at the library as well. You should peep it out and see what kind of selection they have at yours.

      • Jaime Lester

        I haven’t! #turnsheadinshame…. I will check out the library and see what I can find