“Hemlock” Is a Bewitching Comic About Monstrous Husbands and Three-Eyed Frogs
Cryptic, clever, and stunningly creepy, Hemlock follows the story of Lumi, a Scandinavian witch who is bound by a monstrous marriage, and Tristan, her reluctant animal familiar.
In a world where witchcraft and magic are dying out, Lumi is a strange relic, a witch using arcane folk magic to keep her mysterious and wicked husband asleep for decades at a time. Still in mourning over the loss of her last familiar, a freak accident provides her with a surprise replacement, the bookish and ill-fated Tristan Grodkropp, whose accidental meddling places him in the body of a three-eyed frog.
All of this coincides with deeper stirrings among the dwindling witch community, and soon Lumi and Tristan are caught between a centuries-old sibling rivalry that could very likely kill them. And what will Lumi do when she finds out her husband is developing an immunity to Hemlock poison?
Illustrated in black and white, Hemlock is just the kind of gothic fairy tale meant to scare and delight. Josceline Fenton crafts a deliciously twisted world from real folktales and mythology, wrapping it all deftly around the antics of her own very sweet and funny characters. Hemlock is the kind of story that reins in neither comedy or horror, and instead presents us with the perfect comic to read on a cold winter’s night. Eye of newt and skull shaped candles optional.