In this queer, paranormal YA graphic novel debut from the author of Some Girls Do and the illustrator of Wonder Woman: Warbringer, a young witch races to solve the grisly supernatural murders of her coven members before the killer strikes again.
"[This] gorgeously illustrated tale mashes together murder mystery and witchcraft." —Nerdist
Emsy has always lived in sunny California, and she’d much rather spend her days surfing with her friends or hanging out with her girlfriend than honing her powers as a fire elemental. But when members of her family’s coven back east are murdered under mysterious circumstances that can only be the result of powerful witchcraft, her family must suddenly return to dreary upstate New York. There, Emsy will have to master her neglected craft in order to find the killer . . . before her family becomes their next target.
Hoping to provide a life free from magic and danger, white-presenting Emsy Covington's parents left their coven in Derryville, N.Y., for California. Now 16, Emsy spends her days surfing and hanging out with her Asian-cued girlfriend, Joss. Everything's perfect until an incident orphans fellow coven member, white-cued Ben. Worried for their friends and fearing for their own safety, Emsy's parents uproot her back to New York, where she struggles to fit in, get along with grief-stricken Ben, and hone her fire magic. But when Ben proposes a risky plan that could give them both their old lives back, the duo endeavor to perform ancient magic beyond their skill levels, heedless of the looming witch war. Coupled with fluidly drawn elemental magic portrayed in haunting reds, blacks, and purples, Seaton's (Wonder Woman: Warbringer)easy-to-follow paneling elevates this straightforward fantasy adventure. While the coven's secrecy, even among members, provides tension, it also often impedes character growth and sometimes causes narrative confusion. Nevertheless, Dugan's (Melt with You) empathetic cast, whose interpersonal challenges and endearing romances flourish amid supernatural conflict, feel solidly teen, buoying this vividly illustrated graphic novel adventure. Ages 12–up.