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Review – The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #2

Review – The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #2

Review – The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #2

Writer: Bartosz Sztybor

Artist: Vanesa del Rey

Colourist: Jordie Bellaire

Cover Artist: Vanesa del Rey

Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Video Game

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Available: June 30, 2021

Variant Cover: Anato Finnstark


On the last Witcher: Witch’s Lament

Geralt’s rescue mission takes a turn when Giltine refuses his help. Drawn to the cult’s settlement, he finds himself an unwitting participant in one of their most sacred rituals.

Writer: Bartosz Sztybor

Sztybor takes a left turn from last issue’s classic monster mash and puts up deep within a cult of witches who use extreme techniques to remove memory blockages and remove guilt. The five-step process, very similar to the stages of grief involves the following:

EXORDIUM: Pain’s recognition

LAUDATIO: Pain’s True Cause

COMPLORATIO: Pain’s Mourning

CONSOLATIO: Pain’s Consolation

EXHORTATIO: Moral Admonishment

The witches refuse to allow Giltine to leave and she threatens to kill herself if Geralt doesn’t stay and allow her to take part. Dreaming Geralt is visited by the Laimas Witch who was burned to death at the start of the last issue, she warns Geralt and he awakes and joins in the Lament ritual reluctantly.

The plot slows down to almost dead stop, with the issue focussing almost completely on Bandura a witch who finally opens up her pain when she sees the Witcher. She quickly progresses through the final stages of the lament and enters the eye, for Exhortatio. Giltine also opens up about her own pain and sorrow about a medieval abortion at the hands of the now dead Laimas Witch.

It’s a very powerful and stressful issue, fixing some of the plot jumpings that occurred in issue #1. It’s brave of Sztybor to use the medium of graphic art to bring mental health into a plot and if not done correctly can cause more problems. I think he’s tread a very fine line and just about managed it.

Artist: Vanesa Del Rey/ Jordie Bellaire

Del Rey and Bellaire use every millimetre of the page to full with floral motifs. The artwork does have a hurried style to it but it sits well with the CD Projekt games and the original books. The dark, earth tones and colours used by Bellaire create a dirty and drained backdrop to the action with only bright flames and blood reds exploding splashing of brightness on the pages.

The variant cover by Anato Finnstark is a beautiful painted scene from the Witcher’s past.

Overall Thoughts

This is a very adult and difficult issue to read for those used to the sword-slashing hero from the game, but it fits well with the currents within the original books. With only two books to go, the creative team better progress the plot now that Geralt and Giltine are free of the cult’s lament.

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