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Brothers. Detectives. Witches? Meet Pete and Alastair Montague in the first installment of a new graphic novel duology that is the Hardy Boys meets Paper Girls. Pete and Alastair Montague are just a couple of mystery-solving twins, living an ordinary life. Or so they thought. After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they discover there is more to their detectiv Brothers. Detectives. Witches? Meet Pete and Alastair Montague in the first installment of a new graphic novel duology that is the Hardy Boys meets Paper Girls. Pete and Alastair Montague are just a couple of mystery-solving twins, living an ordinary life. Or so they thought. After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they discover there is more to their detective skills than they had thought. Their guardian, David Faber, a once prominent professor, has been keeping secrets about their parents and what the boys are truly capable of. At the same time, three girls go missing after casting a mysterious spell, which sets in motion a chain of events that takes their small town down an unexpected path. With the help of David's daughter, Charlie, they discover there are forces at work that they never could have imagined, which will impact their lives forever. An exciting new graphic novel from innovative creators Nathan Page and Drew Shannon that is at once timely and thrilling.


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Brothers. Detectives. Witches? Meet Pete and Alastair Montague in the first installment of a new graphic novel duology that is the Hardy Boys meets Paper Girls. Pete and Alastair Montague are just a couple of mystery-solving twins, living an ordinary life. Or so they thought. After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they discover there is more to their detectiv Brothers. Detectives. Witches? Meet Pete and Alastair Montague in the first installment of a new graphic novel duology that is the Hardy Boys meets Paper Girls. Pete and Alastair Montague are just a couple of mystery-solving twins, living an ordinary life. Or so they thought. After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they discover there is more to their detective skills than they had thought. Their guardian, David Faber, a once prominent professor, has been keeping secrets about their parents and what the boys are truly capable of. At the same time, three girls go missing after casting a mysterious spell, which sets in motion a chain of events that takes their small town down an unexpected path. With the help of David's daughter, Charlie, they discover there are forces at work that they never could have imagined, which will impact their lives forever. An exciting new graphic novel from innovative creators Nathan Page and Drew Shannon that is at once timely and thrilling.

30 review for The Witch's Hand

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Stiefvater

    Teens, in particular, will dig this graphic novel about magical twins performing detective work in a 1960s small town. Shannon's atmospheric illustration (featuring both pompadours and XKEs) pairs with Page's often cheeky writing (banter for you! banter for you! banter for everyone!) to create an atmosphere both effectively recognizable and inclusive. The beginning is a bit lumpy as a heck-ton of named characters are introduced, but am I the author to complain about that? Probably not. Pot, meet Teens, in particular, will dig this graphic novel about magical twins performing detective work in a 1960s small town. Shannon's atmospheric illustration (featuring both pompadours and XKEs) pairs with Page's often cheeky writing (banter for you! banter for you! banter for everyone!) to create an atmosphere both effectively recognizable and inclusive. The beginning is a bit lumpy as a heck-ton of named characters are introduced, but am I the author to complain about that? Probably not. Pot, meet kettle, you've heard of each other? By the end, the complex interpersonal relationships, particularly between the teens and their reluctant teacher, coalesce into something quite satisfying. And as someone who also has a graphic novel featuring magic and twins coming out this fall (Swamp Thing: Twin Branches), I enjoyed the synchronicity of the twinning. All in all, The Witch's Hand, as they say, was pretty groovy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A real slow burn, but patience will be rewarded as the character development and world building lead to a satisfying conclusion in this supernatural twist on the Hardy Boys set in the late 1960s. I look forward to a sequel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    If Buffy the Vampire Slayer met Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys - you would get this young adult graphic novel series. When three amateur detectives find a mysterious box - they know that this case is going to be like nothing else they've ever dealt with. Witches, missing teens, and an eccentric (and creepy) rich man lead the Montague twins (and Charlie - their bad-ass"sister") on their most unbelievable adventure yet. Great illustrations, a unique story-line, and some fun supernatural elements ma If Buffy the Vampire Slayer met Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys - you would get this young adult graphic novel series. When three amateur detectives find a mysterious box - they know that this case is going to be like nothing else they've ever dealt with. Witches, missing teens, and an eccentric (and creepy) rich man lead the Montague twins (and Charlie - their bad-ass"sister") on their most unbelievable adventure yet. Great illustrations, a unique story-line, and some fun supernatural elements make this the first installment a very promising start. I can't wait to check out more in this series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This YA graphic novel (coming out in July 2020) is the first of a series following twins Al and Pete, and their stepsister Charlie, amateur detectives who are just getting acquainted with their ability to practice Magic, set in a small New England town in 1969. I was immediately charmed by their family, and enjoyed the Hardy Boys-esque vibe of their mystery adventure. The beginnings of their Magic lessons were especially fun, and leave me very interested for more. Just overall a really delightfu This YA graphic novel (coming out in July 2020) is the first of a series following twins Al and Pete, and their stepsister Charlie, amateur detectives who are just getting acquainted with their ability to practice Magic, set in a small New England town in 1969. I was immediately charmed by their family, and enjoyed the Hardy Boys-esque vibe of their mystery adventure. The beginnings of their Magic lessons were especially fun, and leave me very interested for more. Just overall a really delightful read with characters I look forward to seeing again!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Harry Jahnke

    This was GREAT. I loved the art style, I loved the 60's setting, I love that it's Hardy Boys but with ghosts, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT. This one's a winner, through and through.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A hefty chunk of graphic novel for the tweenage years, this is a decent stand-alone adventure. It's very much Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, except the Boys are fostered by the professorial father of the girl, and it's firmly in the real world of the late 1960s, so the local record joint has got a countdown to Woodstock in the window, and Stonewall riots are on the radio. Oh, and everything concerns magic, so there's a kind of 'we know that he knows that we know that he knows that we use magic in ou A hefty chunk of graphic novel for the tweenage years, this is a decent stand-alone adventure. It's very much Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, except the Boys are fostered by the professorial father of the girl, and it's firmly in the real world of the late 1960s, so the local record joint has got a countdown to Woodstock in the window, and Stonewall riots are on the radio. Oh, and everything concerns magic, so there's a kind of 'we know that he knows that we know that he knows that we use magic in our investigations' thought from the lads, and it's kind of an unhidden, unspoken secret that the old man is actually a magecraft professor. But nobody can really know what is going to come out of the small town woodwork when a local bigwig's daughter vanishes. The end result is good fun, but a little easy to pick holes in from the adult reader's perspective. I did like the fact that we get a drip-feed of detail about everyone's previous history to the missing girl, but that does count as quite a bit of exposition, and the more of it there is then the less we get of the current story played out in front of us. Also, the ending – while quite good fun, still – doesn't really have a lot of agency. Too many people are doing too little, and it's not as dramatic as it might need to be. Still, we're promised this is a diptych of books, and the idea we can count on there only being one sequel and not an endless chain of diminishing returns is a fine one. This offering gets three and a half stars from me, but the target reader will rate it more highly.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Throwback BFF Charms: Yay x3 Swoonworthy Scale: 2 Talky Talk: Newly Nostalgic Arty Art: Hotly Historical Bonus Factors: Witches, Awesome Parents Factor: Duology Starter Anti-Bonus Factor: Dan Scott Award for Awful Parenting Relationship Status: Fourth Wheel Read the full book report here. Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Throwback BFF Charms: Yay x3 Swoonworthy Scale: 2 Talky Talk: Newly Nostalgic Arty Art: Hotly Historical Bonus Factors: Witches, Awesome Parents Factor: Duology Starter Anti-Bonus Factor: Dan Scott Award for Awful Parenting Relationship Status: Fourth Wheel Read the full book report here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I have an advanced reader copy, and I'm glad they put some colour pages in as samples - this is going to be a stunning book when in full colour, and the story's pretty good too!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    Pete and Alastair make money solving mysteries along with their stepsister. When a magical storm appears near the lighthouse, elements of their skills are suddenly revealed. Despite being separated from one another during the storm, all three of the teens meet the witch behind the magic. Soon they are taking new lessons from a student of their guardian, magic power lessons! With three girls missing, including the daughter of the prominent Bradford family, there is a mystery to be solved that wil Pete and Alastair make money solving mysteries along with their stepsister. When a magical storm appears near the lighthouse, elements of their skills are suddenly revealed. Despite being separated from one another during the storm, all three of the teens meet the witch behind the magic. Soon they are taking new lessons from a student of their guardian, magic power lessons! With three girls missing, including the daughter of the prominent Bradford family, there is a mystery to be solved that will require both their detective skills and their emerging magical powers. This is the first graphic novel in a planned duology, which is good enough for readers to hope for even more than two! The book is set in the late 1960’s, giving it an engaging original Scooby Doo meets Sabrina vibe. Sprinkled liberally with humor, thanks to the twins, the book offers adults who stand back and let the teens solve mysteries but who also provide solid support and knowledge themselves. It also has a great villain, though untangling who that might be is a big part of the fun. The art is engagingly 1960’s as well with apparel and cars clearly placing it in time. Using bold colors and classic cartoon boxing, the result is dynamic and engaging with clear nods to comics that have gone before. A winning new series that offers magic and mystery. Appropriate for ages 13-16.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    The Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page, 352 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2020. $18. Language: R (63 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13 BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE After solving a case to find a missing dog, Al and Pete, with their adoptive sister Charlie, are told to take a day off cases and enjoy the summer like normal kids. And they do. Until a suspicious storm incites investigation, leading to magic and witches and a whole lot of t The Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page, 352 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2020. $18. Language: R (63 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13 BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE After solving a case to find a missing dog, Al and Pete, with their adoptive sister Charlie, are told to take a day off cases and enjoy the summer like normal kids. And they do. Until a suspicious storm incites investigation, leading to magic and witches and a whole lot of trouble. Like the Hardy boys, these twin brothers find ways to get into trouble and reveal secrets as amatuer sleuths -- Al and Pete just have more fanciful resources. Their story was interesting to read, though a little darker and more dire than I imagined with murder and a remorseless villian. The illustrations by Shannon do a marvelous job of conveying the sinister and foreboding vibe of the story and were my favorite part of this book. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie Lawrence

    This was really fun! Great, complex characters, an intriguing supernatural mystery and some cool magic too. Kind of like if the Hardy Boys had magical powers and were a little more sarcastic and worldly plus had a strong female rounding out their team. A little bit Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Great late 1960's style and lingo. I am dying to read more about these great, quirky characters! There is clearly more to their backstories, their relationships, the magic. I laughed out loud several times wh This was really fun! Great, complex characters, an intriguing supernatural mystery and some cool magic too. Kind of like if the Hardy Boys had magical powers and were a little more sarcastic and worldly plus had a strong female rounding out their team. A little bit Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Great late 1960's style and lingo. I am dying to read more about these great, quirky characters! There is clearly more to their backstories, their relationships, the magic. I laughed out loud several times while reading this and was totally captivated by the story. A really unique, well-developed intro to what I hope will be a long-running graphic novel series. One character is coping with abuse if that is triggering for you. LGBT representation with a very touching coming out scene, as well as two POC shown through illustration. Page and Shannon mention the Stonewall Riots and their impact on the gay character, they also touch on the racist beliefs of some of the townspeople. It'd be great to see more even more representation in the historical context in future volumes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carro Herdegen

    Language: R (63 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13 After solving a case to find a missing dog, Al and Pete, with their adoptive sister Charlie, are told to take a day off cases and enjoy the summer like normal kids. And they do. Until a suspicious storm incites investigation, leading to magic and witches and a whole lot of trouble. Like the Hardy boys, these twin brothers find ways to get into trouble and reveal secrets as amatuer sleuths -- Al and Pete just have more fanciful reso Language: R (63 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13 After solving a case to find a missing dog, Al and Pete, with their adoptive sister Charlie, are told to take a day off cases and enjoy the summer like normal kids. And they do. Until a suspicious storm incites investigation, leading to magic and witches and a whole lot of trouble. Like the Hardy boys, these twin brothers find ways to get into trouble and reveal secrets as amatuer sleuths -- Al and Pete just have more fanciful resources. Their story was interesting to read, though a little darker and more dire than I imagined with murder and a remorseless villian. The illustrations by Shannon do a marvelous job of conveying the sinister and foreboding vibe of the story and were my favorite part of this book. Reviewed for https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This graphic novel set in the 60s deals with teens learning to use magic and solving crimes. The illustrations are nice and the color scheme paired well with the tone of the book. Transitions were sometimes abrupt I thought. A point of possible concern when handing this book to younger readers is that in a few scenes, teens are smoking and drinking. Another thing that bothered me is that I feel like I have read or watched something with a very similar story line, at least the part of the story This graphic novel set in the 60s deals with teens learning to use magic and solving crimes. The illustrations are nice and the color scheme paired well with the tone of the book. Transitions were sometimes abrupt I thought. A point of possible concern when handing this book to younger readers is that in a few scenes, teens are smoking and drinking. Another thing that bothered me is that I feel like I have read or watched something with a very similar story line, at least the part of the story with the dad belonging to generations of witch hunters and the daughter a witch. Unfortunately I can't bring to mind which story this one reminds me of. Regardless, I think teens will enjoy this book. Perhaps they will understand a scene or two near the end better than I did.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This reminded me a lot of Goldie Vance Vol. 1, in that both are historical mysteries with diverse representation that I want to be expanded on. Both feature POC and queer characters, though the story only hints at the struggles they face, be it with individual people or society as a whole. My favorite part of this was how victims of abuse can come back from their trauma, and how that tied in with the paranormal parts of the story. This was so solidly written and I'm definitely keeping up with how This reminded me a lot of Goldie Vance Vol. 1, in that both are historical mysteries with diverse representation that I want to be expanded on. Both feature POC and queer characters, though the story only hints at the struggles they face, be it with individual people or society as a whole. My favorite part of this was how victims of abuse can come back from their trauma, and how that tied in with the paranormal parts of the story. This was so solidly written and I'm definitely keeping up with however many mysteries the twins and the gang end up solving. 3.5 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    While this book is listed as YA, it certainly looks to tackle emotions that are deeper than you may find in other stories under this monicker. The story itself is well written and provides the basis for further adventures (Al, Pete & Charlie are all likable characters that developed well through this first tale). The illustrations are awesome as well, love the Tin Tin-esque style to the book! Look forward to reading what the twins get up to next. While this book is listed as YA, it certainly looks to tackle emotions that are deeper than you may find in other stories under this monicker. The story itself is well written and provides the basis for further adventures (Al, Pete & Charlie are all likable characters that developed well through this first tale). The illustrations are awesome as well, love the Tin Tin-esque style to the book! Look forward to reading what the twins get up to next.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Ferr

    Just a fun read. The characters are full of heart and the story is fun to follow. The dynamic between the family members (and extended members) is very touching and comes off as very real. The illustrations are a great accompaniment to the 1960s story too, it all meshes really well together. I had a very hard time putting it down. Overall really enjoyed it and highly recommend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Parker J

    IM TRULY OBSESSED! It’s funny, it’s cute, it’s intriguing, it’s gay, it’s full of ghosts, it’s feminist, it’s full of badass characters, it’s full of found family. It has everything I need in a book and more. Give me volume 2 immediately

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    4.5/5 A delightful read that felt both fresh and nostalgic. Love the story and art both! Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult. 4.5/5 A delightful read that felt both fresh and nostalgic. Love the story and art both! Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda&Lauren

    I don't normally read graphic novels, but this book really hooked me! A perfect blend of fantasy and mystery! This book was entertaining, fast-paced, and interesting! Most importantly, all of the characters are well developed and I can't wait to follow their journey in this series. Would highly recommend this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Very clever styling and rich, near-perfect story. Really enjoyed it. (Although, some dialogue didn’t seem to be “period-accurate.”) The artwork is charming and evocative, if also a little “cute.” Not a children’s book, though it sort of resembles one. Worth a read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    I liked the characters and writing more than the plot, but I'd probably check out the further adventures of this magic-wielding, mystery-solving crew.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Y’all, this graphic novel is amazing. The art is fantastic and I’m so invested in the world and the characters. I will definitely be reading all the Montague Twin stories.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    This was great! I would definitely read more by this author, with these characters, etc.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    Familiar story, with modern twists. Magic, family, history and good vs evil.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ⭐️Cordelia⭐️

    60's-ish mystery with twins unrelated to Romeo? I'll admit I wasn't so sure in the beginning. But as soon as I got a good wiff of all the family drama, intreage, and magic, I was sold! And it only got better once witches and vendettas were brought into the equation.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Like a magical Goldie Vance set one the East Coast. Nancy Drew/Hardy boys for older tweens and teens.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bekah

    2.5 I was perhaps so largely disappointed because I felt this would be right up my alley—while it turned out to be anything but, and I found myself bored. The art style was lovely, though.

  28. 5 out of 5

    lucero

    finishing this was devastating and i don't think i'll ever recover

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carla A

    The story falls into the 3 star range but the art brings it up to the 4 stars. Not much new here twins with their own brand of high jinks or maybe not high jinks but lots of banter.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Micha

    Retro style, cool characters, spooky premise, and a fun thread of magic! This is the kind of graphic novel I like. It's self-contained (while setting up for a sequel/series, which I definitely want), I like the dialogue and the characters, and I love the atmosphere. It channels the 60s, small New England towns, and bona fide witchiness perfectly, all of these tones coming through in ways at once distinct and complementary. The full-colour illustrations invite you in, and you can almost smell the Retro style, cool characters, spooky premise, and a fun thread of magic! This is the kind of graphic novel I like. It's self-contained (while setting up for a sequel/series, which I definitely want), I like the dialogue and the characters, and I love the atmosphere. It channels the 60s, small New England towns, and bona fide witchiness perfectly, all of these tones coming through in ways at once distinct and complementary. The full-colour illustrations invite you in, and you can almost smell the record store, feel the cosiness of an apartment, sense the wind blowing around an old house or off the shore. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to stop.

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