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Sneak peek at Scott Snyder's return to horror in Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special

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Oct 26, 2018

Chit, Chitt, Chittt! Anyone reading these words might suddenly have severe fright reactions as they herald the presence of the creepy elemental creatures of nature in Scott Snyder and Jock's phenomenally spooky horror series from 2014-15, Wytches.

If you're only familiar with Snyder's superb superhero work on DC's Batman titles, you owe it to yourself to revisit this 6-issue supernatural title to see what all the freaky fuss is about. Wytches is one of the prolific creator's most deeply personal books, inspired by his youthful "witch-hunting" in the woods near his family's rustic weekend home in southern Pennsylvania.

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While Snyder labors on finishing up the next Wytches story arc due sometime in 2019, the acclaimed writer is once again teaming up with Jock to offer up this eerie Halloween one-shot, Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special from Image Comics, which should effectively jangle our nerves and haunt our brains until the main series picks up. SYFY WIRE has scored a spooky look at this insane issue and some alarming comments from its orchestrators to prime you for an Oct. 31 arrival.

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Image's Bad Egg edition serves as both a stand-alone story and a disturbing prequel to the long-awaited Wytches Volume 2, collecting the entire IMAGE + magazine run and adding a 13-page thrilling conclusion and bonus material.

This Halloween tale tells the story of Seb and Jackson, innocent teens raised on opposite sides of the eternal struggle between good and evil. Sebastian’s mom is a card-carrying member of “The Irons,” the most feared Wytch hunters in history, while Jackson’s family are “High Horn” Wytches. The question is whether or not these two boys can find friendship in the midst of the age-old blood feud, or are their destinies already sealed.

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"I'm so excited to be back in the woods, the burrow, the world of Wytches!," Snyder told SYFY WIRE. "There's no series I write where I can go as raw and personal and dark as this one, and I've missed it dearly. This story serves as a bridge between arcs 1 and 2, but also should offer an easy introduction to the series for anyone who hasn't picked it up yet. On the surface, Wytches: Bad Egg is about two young friends who discover they share a dark connection to something evil in the woods behind their houses—it's big halloween fun - but deep down, it's as dark as anything I've ever written, and I'm very proud of it, and proud of the team for bringing it to life."

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"It’s so cool to be finally releasing more Wytches—especially on Halloween," added Jock. "We were always planning an ongoing, but I got called to work on a Star Wars film immediately after our first story finished, which enforced a delay. But we’re back on track with this release of Bad Egg. It comes at a perfect time as things are moving forward with the movie too—it feels like the time is right to be jumping into the world of Wytches once again."

Check out our early look at Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special in the gallery below, then tell us if you'll be spending All Hallow's Eve with Snyder and Jock when this frightening trek back into the haunted woods arrives on Oct. 31.

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