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Full of wicked delights and dark things...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 theFull of wicked delights and dark things...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....

Title : Will O' the Wisp
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ISBN : 9781936393787
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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Will O' the Wisp Reviews

  • Leah
    2019-02-04 17:37

    This is the author’s first graphic novel, and I thought he did well telling the story through a mixture of horror and whimsical elements. And while I didn’t look anything about Hoodoo up prior to reading this, Tom Hammock seems extremely knowledgeable about the rules and from the Introduction, you read about how strongly he feels about sharing this information. I loved how passionate he was about what he was writing, and I feel it shows in the story.I really loved that while Aurora was the main character, the story needed all of the residents of Ossuary Isle to help her learn and discover and grow. I liked watching her grow up and grow into the culture.Megan Hutchison’s art was spectacular and worked so well for this novel.It was pretty and disturbing and magical looking. I just loved it.Together Tom Hammock and Megan Hutchison really made a fantastical, creepy story come to life, and I will be keeping my eyes on the lookout for future work by both of them.

  • Sue Moro
    2019-01-29 14:34

    Will O' the Wisp is one of the most beautiful graphic novels I've ever seen. When it arrived in the mail and I unpacked it, my draw just dropped! Every attention to detail is present from the gold lettering and decorative detail on the cover, to the matching gold clasp on the side of the book. The book has very thick, high quality, front and back covers with lovely artistic images from the story. Inside the covers are beautiful end pages usually found in leather bound classics! I really loved the illustrations! The overall look is dark and creepy, full of earth tones that perfectly suit the ghostly murderous mystery. I was instantly drawn into the story, unable to set it down until I finished.This is the story of a young girl, Aurora Grimeon, who moves to Ossuary Isle deep in the Louisiana swamps, to live with her estranged grandfather after the sudden accidental death of her parents from poisonous mushrooms. The people of Ossuary Isle, her grandfather excluded, are a superstitious group who follow the traditions and magic of Hoodoo. They tend the graves, tombs and mausoleums that cover the island. They suspect Aurora of bringing bad luck down on them when people begin disappearing and later turn up dead. Aurora's grandfather, a man of science, does not share these beliefs. Never the less, he sends his granddaughter to Mama Nonnie, the island's chief Hoodoo priestess who teaches her how to craft various spells of protection.Aurora soon finds herself deeply involved in trying to discover the murderer, and to uncover the mystery behind the strange floating blue lights on the island referred to as Will O' The Wisps. Are they spirits? Could they be those of her parents? What so they want?The story starts out on a somber note with Aurora having just lost her parents and being sent off to live with a grandfather she's never met before. I loved these first images of the island and the house she will come to live in. Along with her grandfather she also meets his pet raccoon, Missy, a rather precocious little thief who will soon become her constant companion during her explorations of the island. There are many other characters within the book, although only Mama Nonnie was truly memorable. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys graphic novels, a well crafted story, beautiful artwork, and to book collectors as this is truly a work of art! I look forward to further adventures of Aurora Grimeon.

  • Hilary
    2019-02-05 16:45

    I was able to get this book for an advance review for Netgalley.I've always had a bit of a fascination with the Louisiana Bayou and the vanishing ways of life attached to it. The hoodoo tradition is one that is misinterpreted about as often as it is referred to in popular culture - fortunately, Will O'the Wisp did a rather good job of showcasing both the traditions themselves and how people tend to view them nowadays.The artwork for this book was highly reminiscent of the style used in Locke and Key, which is one that I'm especially fond of. There's a fluidity to the landscapes, the swamps, the fire, that is both beautiful and eerie. The bugs and the bones as well are beautifully rendered, and I would say that the book is worth looking at for the artwork alone.While I'd like to rate the book more than three stars, I'm not entirely certain I could. While the book lends itself to reading for the hoodoo traditions and the artwork, and the story was a traditional tale of vengeance from beyond the grave and uneasy isolation, I felt that overall it was missing something. There was constantly more to the story that I wanted to uncover, but couldn't. I would say that this is the fault of the medium itself and the age of the audience it's intended for, but I've read a great deal of graphic novels and know the medium to be virtually unlimited in the scope it could cover storywise and the YA genre itself is fast accepting more and more titles that delve into what previously may be considered questionable content.My disappointment with the depth of the story being told could easily be remedied by telling more stories of Aurora's time with Silver in Ossuary Isle, and is offset slightly by the attention paid to the spells of Nonnie, the begrudging respect paid to the hoodoo traditions by Silver, and the beauty of the artwork in the piece itself. It's certainly a title that I know friends of mine would enjoy, and by no means was it a bad read at all. I enjoyed it, and I'm certain a great many others will as well.Couldn't be happier that traditional Louisiana hoodoo culture is getting treated to some good storytelling for a new generation!

  • Isa Lavinia
    2019-02-07 13:29

    arc provided by Archaia Entertainment through netgalley3.5 stars rounded up to 4When her parents die, Aurora is sent to live with her grandfather, in a creepy house in the aptly named Ossuary Isle, in the southern swamps.When people start turning up dead with strange swirly burn marks on their hands, it's up to Aurora, Mama Noonie (the local hoodoo priestess) and Missy (Miss Prissy Mirabel, the pet raccoon) to try and solve the mystery before whatever is haunting Ossuary Isle claims any more victims.I don't know why this was marked as children's - it's definitely not for children, YA would be the target audience.The story by itself was simple and somewhat predictable - the artwork, however, turned it into a thing of wonder. It was all very eerie and dark. The odd thing is that from the backgrounds, to all the other characters, everything was beautifully drawn - but when it came to Aurora herself the art style wasn't as good. I suppose it could have been done purposefully to emphasise how Aurora didn't fit into her surroundings, but I think this could have still been done without the character seeming less perfectly rendered than the others...That aside, the plot allied to the artwork made for a wonderfully creepy story - a brilliant introduction to the Southern Gothic genre to younger readers, but again, not too young, this book was very creepy.

  • Gayle Francis Moffet
    2019-01-24 14:38

    A charming, interesting, and wonderfully creepy story about a young girl named Aurora who goes to live with her grandfather in a swamp that just might be haunted. The locals think it is, and Aurora learns hoodoo from the priestess on the isle as she meets the locals, makes friends with her grandfather’s raccoon, and comes to terms with the recent death of her somewhat distant parents and builds a relationship with her somewhat distant grandfather.Aurora is a great mix of smart, curious, uncertain, and independent. Sometimes she listens to her grandfather, and other times she does not. She’s a strong protagonist because she’s interesting and trying to understand this strange world she’s in right along with us. Her supporting cast is full of odd people, including a man who spends the whole story leaning against the wall trying to curl up his shoes (he thinks it’s fashionable). It’s not quite Twin Peaks down South, but there are shades. An important note to Aurora’s supporting cast—especially in a book for young adults—is that the adults in Aurora’s life aren’t horrible, and they don’t just assume she’ll handle things on her own. Her grandfather, while distant at first, clearly cares for her, and he allows her to have her freedom, telling her to “fend for [yourself]” while also keeping an eye from a distance. The hoodoo priestess, Mama Noonie, takes on Aurora as a willing pupil and encourages her interest in hoodoo. The other adults, while sometimes cold towards Aurora, are never cutting or cruel. Hammock writes adults that I’d like to see more of in YA: caring if sometimes uncertain but always concerned and wanting to help. It’s a good combination as it allows for the main characters such as Aurora to strike out on their own but allows for the reader to be certain that no matter what happens, someone will be watching out. After years of young adult protagonists who have to strike out because no one cares or strike out and are disowned from their families in some way, it’s a breath of fresh air. The art is atmospheric and lively. Hutchinson clearly had a ball with character design, and her light touches of a curled beard here, a particularly fluffy raccoon there help make the book a delight even when things veer into horrifying. There are a couple of different instances of multiple pages of silence, and they all work beautifully thanks to Hutchinson’s talent at portraying what’s not spoken as you read through. I’ve a few minor quibbles with some panel jumps and occasional mis-flow of the story, and I want to mention it, but I don’t want to dwell on it. Maybe you’ll notice them; maybe you won’t. I’m hoping the story pulls you in enough that they are, at most, the minor quibbles I had that stuck with you a little but you’d rather overlook as much as you could. This book is billed as an “An Aurora Grimeon Story” and appears to be the very first. There are currently no sequels, but I’m certainly hoping for one.

  • Tammy
    2019-01-26 18:28

    Aurora's parents die when they eat death cap mushrooms. Aurora survives and is sent to live with the grandfather she's never met on Ossuary Island. At first she thinks she doesn't fit in, but gradually she makes friends with her grandfather, his pet raccoon Missy, Mama Nonnie the hoodoo conjurer, and even a boy she meets in the swamp. But things on Ossuary Island aren't right. People are disappearing. Dying. And the people might need Aurora's help to survive.This book was beautiful. I loved, loved, loved the art. The ends of things--hair, beards, tails, clothes--drift off into question mark shaped wisps. It was great how Aurora's gradually wore more black and white stripes--there were times she and Missy were matched striped friends. It was as cute way to show how Aurora began to fit in on the island and in her new family. I don't know a great deal about hoodoo, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of it in this book. But I did find it to be treated respectfully. Though Aurora and her family are white--Aurora especially so with her pale skin and white hair--you will see a variety of people of color living in this Louisiana town. I worried at first that Mama Nonnie would be a "magical negro" but she was fleshed-out as a character with her own dreams and desires, she didn't exist only to further the plot. I liked this a lot. It was eerie, sad, and beautiful, all at once. (Provided by publisher)

  • Wendy
    2019-01-26 19:19

    Following the death of her parents, Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her grandfather, Silver, in the mysterious Ossuary Isle. Upon her arrival, she is greeted by the haunting form of a blue flame. The neighbours refer to it as a will-o-the-wisp, but Silver dismisses it as science. And while Silver does not care much for the superstitious nature of his neighbours, he does consent to send her off to Mama Nonnie, the local hoodoo woman, for protection spells. Death surrounds the people of Ossuary Isle, and Aurora's arrival seems to herald more of it.This is a an intriguing little tale, with quirky, beautiful art, perfectly suited to the dark, morbid environment. Graves and grave workers line the swamp and Silver's hobbies and research certainly are macabre. I really liked the way the superstitions, which at first seemed to be worthy only of dismissal, were used, taking on a life of their own as the mystery unwound and the story went places I did not quite expect. And of course there's Missy the raccoon...

  • Sesana
    2019-02-01 21:37

    Will O' the Wisp is atmospheric in spades. The art is quite nice, and the hoodoo is a somewhat unusual touch that's nicely integrated with the story and the setting. So why three stars and not four? I had a hard time connecting to Aurora herself, or really with any of the characters in the book. And Hammock spent so much time setting up his Quirky Locals that the actual (and much more interesting) story of revenge that should have been driving the book started far too late.

  • Mathew Carruthers
    2019-02-02 18:40

    Very interesting concept, engaging storytelling, and mood-setting artwork. Some elements are reminiscent of Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box (bad guy in black carrying out vengeance from beyond the grave, love and family vanquishing evil), but for the most part, this graphic novel is unlike any other I've read. Worth a look.

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-17 19:32

    Creepy but fun! I was surprised how fast an "outsider" girl took to the island's hoodoo.

  • Skye Kilaen
    2019-02-18 16:26

    (The illustrator, Megan Hutchison, contacted me about a possible review on my blog, and provided a digital review copy.)Here's the plot in a nutshell. Teenager Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her grandfather after her parents' deaths. He lives in a remote, swampy area on a cemetery island. He's not much into the local Hoodoo, but the rest of the residents are, so he encourages Aurora to go along to get along. She really takes to it, though, in large part due to a growing friendship with local wise woman Mama Nonnie. It's a little sad at times as Aurora wonders if she'll ever feel at home, or win her grandfather's approval. When something evil starts attacking the community, though, such concerns are left aside as everyone has to pull together to stop it.I really liked Aurora! She's a realistic mix of unsure, scared, self-reliant, and brave. She finds her place during the course of the book and I enjoyed watching that process. She's out of her element, but she doesn't throw temper tantrums even when she has a hard time. Instead she perseveres. Aurora is a strong female character, by which I mean resilient, fully developed in the story, and not stereotyped. I always love to see that in comics. The relationship between her and her grandfather isn't plotted quite as well as the main storyline of the evil in the swamp, but I gave it a little slack because both characters are well developed and I was rooting for them to get it sorted out.The art is very expressive with characters' emotions. It's often as if they're drawn how they feel, more than how they look. And Hutchison's illustrations and Adam Guzowski's colors make it easy to see what's happening even in low-light situations. That's a blessing in a "spooky" book where a lot of the action takes place at night.I especially appreciated that the residents of this diverse Southern rural community, most of whom would probably be classified as living in poverty, are treated with respect by the story and the art. They aren't freaky aliens with strange ways that Aurora has to learn to put up with. They're human beings with their own culture and customs, that her immigrant self needs to learn more about, and she behaves accordingly. Mama Nonnie's character edges up to the Magical Negro trope, but I think it avoids that trap. She's more than a springboard for Aurora's action. She's a human being who has relationships, not just a plot device. The community works together to stop the evil that's threatening the island, and Aurora's key role is more about earning her way into the community than being a chosen one / savior empowered by Mama Nonnie's character.

  • Karissa
    2019-01-24 20:17

    I got a copy of this graphic novel to review through NetGalley(dot)com. It looked like something right up my alley. I enjoyed it but wished that the artwork had been a bit better.After Aurora’s parents are poisoned by mushrooms, Aurora is sent to live with her grandfather, Silver, on Ossuary Isle. Ossuary Isle is an island of graves deep in the Southern Swamps. There Aurora explores the eerie gravesites with her uncle’s raccoon Missy. Aurora is also introduced to hoodoo and stumbles into a great evil on the island.This graphic novel had a lot of things I liked and some things I didn’t. I enjoyed the eerie settings and Aurora’s tragic yet curious nature. Aurora gets deep into trying to solve a mystery as residents of the island start disappearing. The mystery was well done and super creepy.Aurora lives with her strange uncle Silver. I thought it was endearing how at first Silver is very indifferent to Aurora’s presence, but as the book continues he starts to enjoy her presence and depend on her. The character growth for Aurora and Silver was well done for such a brief story.I also enjoyed all of the hoodoo that the book goes into detail on. Aurora learns ways to protect herself with hoodoo from the local witch woman. Each chapter starts with a detailed hoodoo recipe for dealing with a problem.The main thing I did not like about this graphic novel were the illustrations. In some of the illustration Aurora is beautifully illustrated. However in many of the illustrations faces are obscured and lacking detail, making it hard to tell what our characters are thinking. Aurora’s grandfather always looks a bit unfinished and sketchy. Some of the side characters are hard to tell apart. Many of the frames have a very cartoonish look to them which is not my favorite. Lastly I thought that the text-bubbles were not at all in keeping with the style of everything else; they were very jarring and distracting.Overall I am glad I read this and enjoyed the story. This is a super creepy story with gothic tones to it and a paranormal twist. It was a good read. However the illustration left a lot to be desired and the text bubbles were distracting. I would tentatively recommend to fans of paranormal graphic novels. Make sure to take a look at the artwork before purchasing and determine if it’s something you’d like.

  • Travis Starnes
    2019-01-31 17:29

    This book manages to get across to the reader a massive surge of information in such a way that does not require huge text boxes and plot dumps. Aurora knows the same amount as the audience, which is exactly nothing, so we get to learn as she learns making the entire process feel natural. On the surface this is a story about creepy old man and his young ward in a world of spirits and mystery, but in reality it is a story about a young girl coming to terms with change and growing into a young woman learning her place in the world. My old English teacher would be proud of me because I always hated book analysis; for me if a poem was about a train and a tunnel, then the poet was probably a railway enthusiast who live near a railway line, but apparently that was not the right answer and more than likely the poem had something to do with sex. But perhaps that was just that one teacher? However even with my ropy grasp of seeing past the facade of a book I can see the other side of this one, which is why I said that I felt this would be very suitable for that young-mid teenage girl age group as they will definitely identify with the character and her troubles.The art in this book is for want of a better word ‘different.’ I often compare comics to what I would call my ideal comic art style but that is not always applicable. It would be like saying that my favourite film genre is comedy and therefore all films have to be comedies. Making Titanic as a comedy would be in my book highly entertaining, but it would not have had the same effect as making it a drama. In the same way while drawing this book in the style of a John Cassaday or Gerado Sandoval would make it exactly how I like, it would not improve this book in anyway, not to mention their precise and intricate art style would make this book far more unpleasant to look at. The artist glosses over death and dead bodies in her simplistic style which makes everything far more palatable while still feeling creepy.

  • Kagama-the Literaturevixen
    2019-01-28 16:30

    I got this free from Netgalley and this my honest review of it.Aurora Grimeons parents are dead from mushroom poisoning. They really should have known better. In lack of other relatives she is sent to live with her paternal grandfather on Ossuary isle out in the swamplands.Her grandfather treats her curtly and the other inhabitants while not exactly unfriendly are a strange bunch of people.Most everyone there seems obsessed with death and the dead in some form be it her grandfather whose profession is making skeleton casts to the hoodo lady who would like to talk to her dead husband...Since there arent many young people on Ossuary Isle Auroras only companion is her grandfathers pet racoon Missy who provides some comic relief. Together they roam around the swamp.That is when she is not helping her grandfather sort animal skulls.But things are about to take a turn for the weird(er) when mysterious deaths starts to occur and people go missing when the ominious will o the wisp moves through the swamps. The will o the wisp is a bad omen indeed. I was pleasantly surprised by this graphic novel as I went into it with no expectations. But before long I was in the Ossuary Isle with the main character and was engrossed in the story. The art isnt what I would call overly pretty but its good and brings the right atmosphere to the story.There is something eerie about it that made quite an impact on me and even at times caught me off my guard as I was turning to a new side. If I have any complaints is that Aurora remains a bit impassive to some frightening events that she is exposed to but then as I was thinking back on the story and her character I came to the realization that she might have ended up in a strange new place but she is quite the odd one herself. It fits with her as a a character even if I found it a bit cold.In fact I was reminded of Courtney Crumrin though Aurora has a bit more of a pleasant disposition towards people. I would love to see more of her.

  • Nikki
    2019-02-18 17:39

    My copy was given to me by Netgalley.The good:The premise of this book sounded very interesting to me. How many books involve an orphan whose parents died from eating poisonous mushrooms? Yeah, not many. Also, the sidekick. I freaking loved Missy the raccoon. If I didn't know raccoons would probably chew my face off in reality, I would want one as a pet!I also enjoyed the relationship between Aurora and her grandfather. At first, her grandfather was rather gruff with her, probably because he wasn't used to being around kids. But he slowly began to like Aurora and they became close. I thought how their relationship progressed was necessary for this novel.The bad:While this novel was definitely original with its will o' the wisps, its ghosts and spirits, and the raccoon, I didn't like how the book seemed to skip around, almost as if it was missing a page or two or a few panels. The story jumped around almost, making it confusing to me. The artwork was kinda dreary and dark. I know this book is supposed to be a dark fantasy set in a swamp that is supposed to be creepy, but there was no contrast. There weren't any light scenes or happy scenes. To make a book work, there needs to be an equal amount of each. At least, that's what I think.The characters weren't too striking for me and this book was just confusing to me. This book was interesting with its supernatural plot and the gothic-ness of the novel, but it just skipped around a bit. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a gothic, paranormal graphic novel with a raccoon sidekick.

  • Jennifer Boyce
    2019-02-18 18:22

    The premise of this book sounds interesting enough: girl's parents die after eating poisonous mushrooms, girl goes to live with grandfather in swamp, girl teams up with raccoon to solve mysteries, etc. Yet the overall book was sorely disappointing. I'm far from an expert in comics and graphic novels, but I thought that this graphic novel wasn't very well done. The artwork, while somewhat interesting, doesn't stand out as exceptional and the story itself was mildly confusing.The artwork seemed a little bit dull to me. Not only were the illustrations themselves nothing that stood out, but the colors were dark and almost seemed to cloud up the page. Although I understand the darker colors purpose in the story, portraying a dreary and dangerous (evil) swamp, I think that some contrast in colors would do a lot to clear up each page. I found the story itself rather confusing. There were times where I felt as if the story jumped around and left me behind - almost as if there were some sections missing in the middle. I will give the author the benefit of the doubt and assume that because I read an ARC, the story wasn't yet completed.I also wasn't overly fond of any of the characters. The interactions between all of the characters felt false and the main character didn't seem to me that likable.Overall, this is definitely not a standout graphic novel. I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.

  • Ardis
    2019-02-08 18:28

    What an eerie, gorgeous piece of art this is. I read the galley and when it comes out (is it out yet? I have to check) I'll definitely be buying it, because its so gorgeously designed as well as illustrated (and written, but I'll get to that) that I need to own it). Yay run-on sentences! Perhaps I should not write reviews at 10 pm after a day of shoveling ice-encrusted snow. Whatever, here goes:Aurora's parents have foolishly died after eating random mushrooms and she's been sent to live with her aged grandfather out in the Atchafalaya Swamp (I'm proud to say I know how to pronounce this) in Louisiana. When I say "in" the swamp, I mean IN the swamp, not near it, not on the edge, in it- on an island covered with gravestones right in the middle of the swamp. And that's when things get freaky. Aurora is confronted with cranky grandpas, strange and sometimes cranky locals, superstition, Hoodoo, supernatural, raccoons, and death. Lots and lots of death. But Aurora is a heroine and she fits in better than she realizes.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-09 16:24

    This YA graphic novel is the story of a young girl who is sent to live with her grandfather on an isle in a Louisiana swamp after her parents die from eating poisonous mushrooms. There is a lot of superstition among the residents of the isle and they practice hoodoo and follow protection rituals. The writer did a good job of creating a sense of place in that regard. The art is well done, clean and conveys the action and atmosphere nicely. It was a pretty engrossing story – a little coming of age, a little adventure, a touch of romance. There’s a good bit of southern mythology here and a nice build up as the girl tries to fit in to her new surroundings and ultimately has to help save everyone on the isle from an otherworldly threat. There are some interesting characters and a couple of good plot twists. Overall this is a good read for teens (and adults) looking for a coming of age story with a touch of the paranormal.

  • Michelle Hoogterp
    2019-02-16 14:37

    This was a fantastic story of magic or hoodoo and love and family. A young girl named Aurora is sent to live with her grandfather after her parents' tragic death. Her grandfather is a scientist who lives out in the Louisiana swamps among superstitious people who at first think Aurora has brought bad luck with her. As she learns to live among these strange people, befriending her grandfather's racoon, she discovers there is a curse on the islands and on her family. The story is fantastic and had me hooked from beginning to end--if this was turned into a series, I would want to read it and watch how Aurora grows and learns more about the hoodoo as she helps Mama Nonnie with her spells.

  • Louise Bendall
    2019-01-24 13:19

    Aurora’s parents recently died from mushroom poisoning and she is sent to live in a creepy island cemetery swamp with her only living relative – a grandfather she has never met. He keeps skeletons in the basement, dines with his pet raccoon and seems less than thrilled to have Aurora living with him. Her grandfather, along with the locals and hoodoo priestess all try to protect Aurora but there is evil out walking in the moonlit swamp.

  • Sara Thompson
    2019-02-01 14:25

    Great story, well developed art. I rather enjoyed this book. It had a bit of a slow start but I connected to the characters. My only disappointment is that I expected a character to return at the end but he didn't. I hate relationships that go nowhere.Aside from that, the folklore was interesting. I wish there was a little more explaining but maybe it will come in later stories.

  • Kat
    2019-02-03 13:38

    It's the kind that I wish I could read longer, but actually the story's length is just fine. I like the cover and inside art. Aurora is drawn pretty, and the ghosts and the deaths look frightening. Oh and I like how Mama is depicted. The blueness of the wisps become a center of attraction on the dark pages, making me curious--are they good or bad signs/entities? The story is deeper and scarier than the rather simple art. Yet it works, because the dimness and lack of details made me feel like it was in a dream. Hoodoo's presentation is creepy and interesting. Be entertained with caution.Also liked how we thought the ordeal was over with celebration and all, but the ghost was still malevolent. And, it worked well by extending the story.

  • Sara
    2019-02-20 21:16

    *beautiful art*Gothic, dark style*a bit confusing at times*but interesting, dynamic characters*decent storyline

  • Hanna
    2019-02-16 15:29

    3 - 3,5 stars

  • Shanna
    2019-02-13 15:18

    3.5 stars. My boyfriend who's into some comics bought me this one so it was my first comic read. Not too bad for a first; fairly entertaining and a quick read.

  • YasBat
    2019-02-14 17:29

    Simply gorgeous!!!

  • Michael Donner
    2019-01-20 16:43

    Basic Plot: “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.” (AMAZON)My likes/dislikes: This was sent to me and I am glad it was because I probably would have never come across it on my own since unfortunately I don’t get as many comics as I used to and let’s be honest, it’s been awhile since I reviewed a comic on here. Anyway. It’s a pretty straightforward story about a young girl going to live with a grandfather she has never met after the untimely death of her parents. Well at least it starts off pretty straight forward. Almost immediately it starts to get weird. Young Aurora gets weird travel instructions like only travel on odd days and don’t arrive on the full moon. And to bring her father’s glass eye with her… what. The. Hell? Then the old lady from Child Protective Services drops her off basically in the middle of nowhere, if that’s not a bad start I don’t know what is. It just gets stranger from there. Poor Aurora gets stuck with a grandfather that she has not only never met but who doesn’t seem to like her either. She has to try and fit in to a small town where she is the stranger. Oh did I forget to mention the Hoodoo? Google it… I had to. Oh and one more thing… the place she now lives… Ossuary Isle… ossuary… as in graveyard type place… great!Ok enough of that. What’s good about this you ask… well I will tell you… pretty much everything. The art is very pretty and the story itself flows pretty well. There were a couple of spots where I felt like I missed something, one was where the grandfather tells Aurora that she asks too many questions and I didn’t see her really ask any, but it wasn’t anything major. One of the things I really liked was something small but I really appreciated the way it was done. Basically the one panel shows the letter that Aurora has received and it’s set at an angle. While most comics would just cut off the writing and let the reader struggle to fill in the cut off parts they actually just adjusted the writing so you could actually read the whole page. This happens more than once so thank you for that.Another cool thing was at the beginning of each chapter there was a little recipe or explanation for something Hoodoo related which clarified something earlier seen. I liked that mostly because when I first encountered the word Hoodoo I thought it was a typo but once I figured that out I liked the little explanations.I feel like that while the story is fictional… I Hope… someone may have had the experience of moving to an unfamiliar area and being the new kid. I felt like they captured those feelings really well. I was a misplaced kid growing up… having moved to a small farming community and I felt like this story got the outsider feeling down. Although Aurora seemed to be accepted a hell of a lot faster than I was but hey that’s life for ya.The story really picks up about ¾ of the way through. We get to meet the Devil (a Devil?) and someone even kills The Ferryman of the dead. I didn’t even know that was possible.So long story short. Well written, well illustrated and over all a great story. I really hope they continue on and we get see more of Aurora’s adventures.Mike aka Captain Creeper of the

  • Maggie Gordon
    2019-02-09 21:32

    Cross-posted at: SynopsisAfter her parents died from accidentally ingesting poisonous mushrooms, Aurora is sent to live with her estranged grandfather deep in the southern swamps. Not only must she contend with this cantankerous old man, but she must figure out how to fit in with the diverse residents of Ossuary Isle. When strange occurrences begin to happen, she starts to explore the realm of Hoodoo magic alongside a priestess from the swamp in order to protect her new community from a vengeful spirit.The GoodWill-o-the-Wisp is an eerie story for middle school age youth about magic, ghosts, and community. Aurora is a sad, but quietly strong and adaptable character that strives to create a new life for herself in a strange and challenging situation.What really stood out for me in Will-o-the-Wisp were the character and environment designs. I am a total sucker for pale girls in stripy stockings, and I really enjoyed the sharpness of the illustrations. The art also makes the volume feel dark and moody which is very fitting for this type of story.Finally, I also appreciated the fact that there were consequences in this story, and that people died. It can be easy to shy away from difficult subjects in a book for the middle school crowd, but I thought the authors managed a good balance of horror for a younger audience.The BadSeveral of the transition scenes in Will-o-the-Wisp were awkward. The story does not always flow naturally, and the cuts between scenes can be abrupt and confusing, or simply incomplete. However, as the story progressed, this problem lessened as the authors seemed to become more comfortable in their world, and the narrative became smoother and more organic.Additionally, while I really enjoyed the art design, the art itself is inconsistent. There are times when the illustrations make it difficult to understand what is going on in the story, and the pages are muddy and undetailed.As someone who is interested in diversity in literature, particularly in literature aimed at youth, I was disappointed that Will-o-the-Wisp did not have a racialised protagonist. The story is set in the deep south in a community filled with Black people, and much of the plot centres on Hoo Doo, a traditionally Black religion. Having the protagonist be a spunky white girl who saves the community is problematic because she operates as a white saviour. There was no reason that Aurora had to be white, and making her Black would allowed the authors to avoid some of the unfortunate implications of their current work, as well as to add another racialised main character to a body of literature that is sorely lacking in diversity.A WarningOne thing to note when picking up this book is that HooDoo plays a rather significant role in Will-o-the-Wisp. While it is never portrayed in a negative light, I have no idea whether the story dealt with this subject in a realistic and fully respectful manner. It is used as a mystical and supernatural tool that can be used by anyone who wishes to learn, including the white protagonist (which invokes many conversations about cultural appropriation, but I’ll leave that discussion for readers that are much more informed about the topic than I am).Final ThoughtsWill-o-the-Wisp is a neat little graphic novel that is probably quite appealing to teens. While the story sometimes stumbles, it’s a fun read overall that I would recommend for those looking for a dark, but uplifting story for middle schoolers. I certainly hope that it becomes a series!

  • Travis
    2019-02-05 14:24

    Twelve-year-old Aurora’s parents are killed after mistakenly ingesting Death Cap mushrooms, leaving her to stay with her estranged grandfather, Silver, a doctor whose job is to clean and prepare human and animal remains for scientific research. Silver lives on a dark, swampy cemetery island in a deep southern bayou. The island bares no children of Aurora’s age and is inhabited only by local fisherman and gravediggers that are deeply rooted in hoodoo traditions. The locals have high regard for the local hoodoo lady, Mama Nonnie, who dedicates her life to casting away the curses and dark spirits like the mysterious blue will-o’-the-wisp flames that supposedly haunt the island. Silver, though, being a man of science, only recognizes the traditions out of respect for the locals but still guides his granddaughter to Mama Nonnie to educate her in the ways of the island. Soon after Aurora’s arrival, though, something sinister begins killing off the locals and sightings of the blue flames are growing. Did Aurora bring bad luck to the island, or has something sinister come ashore? In spite of her grandfather’s “scientific” reasoning, Aurora thinks the key to the mystery lies in the will-o’-the-wisps. With the help of Mama Nonnie and her grandfather’s pet raccoon, Missy, Aurora sets out to find the truth before the murderous blue flames engulf everyone on the island.First of all, Will O’ the Wisp is a beautiful book, decorated with a fleur-de-lis design, dark binding, and even a golden clasp to match the foil lettering. The artwork is wonderful, as well, and artist Megan Hutchison does a wonderful job creating a setting fit for a hoodoo murder mystery. The backgrounds are stunning, the emotions are well-represented, and the reader can easily immerse him or herself into the world. Each panel works well to complement Tom Hammock’s story, which is a very refreshing take on the young adult paranormal genre and graphic novels in general. I can recall few instances of reading about hoodoo in literature, especially in a sense that glorifies the rich history of the practice as a deterrent of evil, and not as the cause of it. The characters are both dark and lively at the same time and often full of humor. Aurora is very likeable because of her sense of adventure and positivity in the face of adversity, and in spite of his dark demeanor and methods, Silver’s love for his granddaughter slowly starts to shine through. It is tough, however, to believe that a young girl like Aurora could so willingly jump into a world of macabre with so little mourning for her parents – her grandfather even tasks her with gluing teeth into animal skulls, which she does without question. Aurora also embraces the hoodoo culture and superstitions a little more quickly than to be believed, but being a graphic novel, the quick pacing is necessary to progress the story. Fortunately, the story does not move too quickly, and the reader is treated to a wonderfully illustrated story that includes 5 of the best pages I’ve seen in any graphic novel, when a vengeful killer makes a journey, literally, to hell and back. Will O’ the Wisp is definitely not for everyone, not only because some people will find the basis of hoodoo offensive, but because the novel is very dark. The book is not shy about illustrating dead bodies, demons, blood, and other morbid elements, even though it is recommended for readers age 12 and up. The novel is never scary, though, and manages to come across with plenty of whimsy and adventure. For those that love the paranormal and fans of graphic novels, Will O’ the Wisp is a wonderful read.

  • Sharon Tyler
    2019-01-20 21:44

    Will o' the Wisp (Aurora Grimeon) is a graphic novel written by Tom Hammock, edited by Rebecca Taylor, and illustrated by Megan Hutchinson. It is currently scheduled for release on January 28th 2014. After her parents' accidental death by mushroom poisoning, Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her grandfather Silver on Ossuary Isle, which is deep in the southern swamps. She befriends her grandfather's pet raccoon Missy and explores the fog-covered island of graves. She meets the island's sinister inhabitants 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 jumps into the middle of the mystery. She discovers a knack for hoodoo, a few friends, and some secrets that might have better left buried.Will o' the Wisp is a slightly macabre tale, from the death of Aurora's parents and her lack of real emotion over the loss, to the island of graves that Silver lives on. However, the story is not grim or depressing. Like most books for young and soon to be young adults, the story is also about figuring out who you are, what you want, and your place in the world. Aurora is tossed into a very strange place, with a grandfather she barely knows, and has to figure out just about everything on her own. She discovers skills and talents that she would never have explored had she not come to Ossuary Isle, and made friends that she never could have met elsewhere. I was impressed with the portrayal of the island's inhabitants. Even when Aurora was mentally thinking of them as weird, they were not stereotypes or caricatures of people- they felt real and accurately portrayed. Of course, since I have very little exposure to hoodoo and swamp surrounded towns, I might be completely wrong on that point.The illustrations in Will o' the Wisp matched the story and unique atmosphere perfectly. I loved the white hair on Aurora, particularly when contrasted against the darkness and misty aspects of the setting. When Missy and Aurora seemed to match, it looked even more like the pair were a mystery solving duo. The challenges of drawing mystical fogs and flames were soundly met, and left me completely happy with the artwork. Even had the story and dialogue not left me satisfied, I would have been content looking at the images on each page.I would recommend Will o' the Wisp to tweens, young adults, and adults that enjoy graphic novels and tales that dance on the edge of the macabre. The story certainly has its dark moments, magic, and death that might make younger readers a little weary. If you think your reader is among those that would be bothered, I highly recommend taking this as an excuse to read the book yourself, and of course test it for suitability. This is a coming of age story that will appeal to those that like darker fairy tales and girls that can take care of themselves (for the most part).