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With Doctor Mal Practice # 1 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner

Written by Arion on Wednesday, January 16 2013 and posted in Reviews

With Doctor Mal Practice # 1 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner
Lukas Ketner

Witch Doctor may be the world’s mystic protector and the wielder of Excalibur, but he’s also a man. A man with needs. A man with sexual needs. After a rough day dealing with demonic larvae, he meets a very sensual young woman in a bar. One thing leads to another and voilà, Doctor Vincent Morrow wakes up the next morning stark naked, heavily drunk and without a single clue of what happened in his bedroom… besides the sexy lingerie the mysterious woman has left behind.

In the real world, unprotected sex can lead to sexually transmitted diseases, but in Witch Doctor’s world, unprotected sex with a supernatural creature can lead to, well, to a life extinction event. Quickly, Morrow establishes that he has been infected by a strigoi. Penny Dreadful, the doctor’s anesthetist, engages in a brutal battle with the strigoi and eventually subdues the creature. But who was behind this attack? And how can the good doctor find a cure before it’s too late? 

With Doctor Mal Practice # 1 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner
The morning after / la mañana siguiente

Writer Brandon Seifert has again hit a homerun with the initial chapter of this new miniseries. Every work of fiction must have a set of logical rules to preserve consistency, this is somewhat easier when we ground our stories in real life, but Brandon does something else, something more difficult, and he succeeds in creating for us a world that although may not exist feels just as real as the streets we see outside our window. 

But without Lukas Ketner this original universe couldn’t exist. Lukas takes the page and turns it into that metaphorical window that actually lets us see what is going on in the doctor’s world. And if we pay enough attention we will find a myriad of details that help make this world just as real and solid as ours (if not more). For instance, the bar is decorated with some really nice vintage lamps and also a phrenology skull (a pseudo-science from the 19th century). Morrow’s hotel room is also a good combination between an average single man’s house with the ambiance of old hotels that are the perfect locale for certain horror movies. 

With Doctor Mal Practice # 1 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner
Penny Dreadful

But the thing that really made me feel as if insects were crawling all over my skin is the page in which we see the sensual unknown woman licking Morrow’s neck, and then we see the tongue being transformed into the horrifying organ of the strigoi. The last time something made me feel like this was in Stephen Bissette’s masterfully depiction of Louisiana’s insects in “Love and Death” (Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing # 29).

With Doctor Mal Practice # 1 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner

Witch Doctor es el protector místico del mundo y el portador de Excalibur, pero también es un hombre. Un hombre con necesidades. Un hombre con necesidades sexuales. Después de un pesado día lidiando con larvas demoníacas, él conoce a una sensual mujer en un bar. Una cosa lleva a la otra y voilà, a la mañana siguiente el doctor Vincent Morrow se despierta totalmente desnudo, realmente borracho y sin una sola pista de lo que pasó en su habitación... excepto por el sexy sostén que la misteriosa mujer he dejado en su cama.

En el mundo real, la consecuencia del sexo sin protección puede ser una enfermedad de transmisión sexual, pero en el mundo de Witch Doctor, el sexo in protección con una criatura sobrenatural puede tener como consecuencia la extinción de la vida. Rápidamente, Morrow deduce que ha sido infectado por un strigoi. Penny Dreadful, la anestesista del doctor, se enzarza en un feroz combate con el strigoi y eventualmente somete a la criatura. Pero, ¿quién estaba detrás de este ataque? ¿Y cómo podrá el doctor encontrar una cura antes que sea demasiado tarde?

With Doctor Mal Practice # 1 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner
Penny Dreadful versus Strigoi

El escritor Brandon Seifert ha logrado fascinar a todos con el capítulo inicial de esta nueva miniserie. Toda obra de ficción debe tener un conjunto de reglas lógicas para preservar la consistencia, esto es un poquito más fácil cuando establecemos nuestros relatos en la vida real, pero Brandon hace algo más, algo más difícil, y crea con éxito un mundo que aunque no existe se siente tan real como las calles que vemos por nuestra ventana.

Pero sin Lukas Ketner este original universo no podría existir. Lukas toma la página y la convierte en esa ventana metafórica que, de hecho, nos permite ver lo que sucede en el mundo del doctor. Y si prestamos atención encontraremos una miríada de detalles que ayudan a que este mundo sea tan real y sólido como el nuestro (o más). Por ejemplo, el bar está decorado con adorables lámparas antiguas y también un cráneo de frenología (una pseudo-ciencia del siglo XIX). El hotel de Morrow es también una buena combinación entre la casa de un típico soltero y la atmósfera de los viejos hoteles que son las locaciones perfectas para cierto tipo de películas de terror.

Pero lo que realmente me hizo sentir como si hubiese insectos reptando por mi piel fue la página en la que vemos a la desconocida y sensual mujer lamiendo el cuello de Morrow, y luego vemos la lengua transformándose en el horroroso órgano del strigoi. La última vez que algo me hizo sentir así fue la magistral ilustración de los insectos de Louisiana en "Amor y muerte" (Saga of the Swamp Thing # 29 de Alan Moore).

Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/with-doctor-mal-practice-1-brandon.html


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Arion, who is either from Chile or New York (it’s not really clear) writes a blog that the Outhouse steals on a regular basis.  Arion is by far the nicest of all the staff writers and the most well behaved only having been banned from one country.  One thing we really appreciate about Aroin is that he writes his reviews in English and Spanish and we hope someday he’ll translate this blurb for us.  We’re not so good at languages, just look at how well we write in English if you need proof.  You should bookmark Arion’s blog -  http://artbyarion.blogspot.com – and actually look at it.  There will be a quiz at the end of every month.


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