Author: Bill Willingham | Illustrator: Shawn McManus | Page Count: 96
"I refuse to be destroyed by something I've never heard of."
WFH picks up the story of the last of the Thessalian witches two years after the end of The Thessaliad (2002), a four issue miniseries that you can also find collected together in the Taller Tales (2003) TPB. If you haven’t read it there’s some catch-up text at the beginning to get you up to speed. If you have read it you’ll maybe remember the big unanswered question surrounding the supporting character. Bill Willingham remembers it and expands upon it.
Fetch is back, like a bad smell carried by an ill-wind, with a complement of ideas above his station (his station being that he’s dead—that's not a spoiler for The Thessaliad). He’s still lusting after the aeons-old witch, but his courtship methods are far from traditional. Nevertheless, he persists, undeterred by the fact that what they both want from the ‘relationship’ differs greatly.
The ending could just as easily be seen as another beginning leading into a regular series, but that didn't happen. Maybe the readership had grown tired of the Sandman spin-offs, or the writers had? I don't know, but if the Dead Boy Detectives can make a comeback then there’s hope for Thessaly.
The book collects together all issues (1-4) of the second miniseries, The Sandman Presents: Thessaly - Witch for Hire.