Saturday, April 21, 2018 • Evening Edition • "At least we're not ComicsAlliance!"

Witch Doctor Mal Practice # 2 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner

Written by Arion on Friday, January 18 2013 and posted in Reviews
With Doctor Mal Practice # 2 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner
Lukas Ketner

Witch Doctor is sick, and he’s desperately trying to find a cure. After all, his life depends on it. Dr. Vincent Morrow and paramedic Gast visit the Red Market, a rendezvous point for people interested in the arcane arts and the illegal trafficking of spells. This is a place visited by many, but only a few know where to find the good stuff. The doctor, of course, knows who might help him: Old Man Moonshine, a magical practitioner that looks just like a hobo. 

I’ve mentioned before that Brandon knows what he’s doing. He has even mentioned in the letter column that after intensive research he also has a couple of ad honorem consultants (a doctor and a biologist). And all that effort shows, especially in a fantastic sequence in which Vincent Morrow inspects the corpses of Old Man Moonshine’s friends. He determines the cause of death, after inspecting the bodies and reaching a logical conclusion: two different mystical creatures have attacked them at the same time, something odd because monsters tend to be territorial. The explanation of how the creatures look and act, is amazing. This is a great example of imagination and creativity; there’s no need for us, the readers, to have any ‘suspension of disbelief’, we can believe everything Morrow says from the get go. The effort here, really, would be to consider this as a simple imaginary tale. It is that good.

With Doctor Mal Practice # 2 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner
mystical diagnosis / el diagnóstico místico

My second favorite moment takes only five pages: it’s the first appearance of the Surgeons, creatures that seem straight out of a Hellraiser inspired nightmare or a cross between a postapocalyptic Steampunk world and the gore of movies like “Saw”. I don’t know what Lukas had in mind when he read Brandon’s script, but I’m absolutely sure that not even the writer could have imagined how great his creations would look like. Lukas is an extraordinarily talented artist, his mastery over horror blends in perfectly with his complete dominion over design. 

I was so thrilled with the comic that it took me a while to get to the letters section. And there I found another great surprise: my letter was published! So without further ado, here it is:

With Doctor Mal Practice # 2 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner
The summoning / la invocación

Hello Brandon and Lukas: 

It’s not easy to write a one-shot, and yet, Witch Doctor the Resuscitation was an awesome issue. Most writers nowadays seem to be obsessed with the 6-issue arc structure and sometimes I find that a bit tedious. So I’m thrilled to see that WD can work in a single issue just as good as it does in a 4-issue miniseries.
By the way guys, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for publishing my letter, it is truly a unique honor, perhaps even more special than being magically tied up by your future soul-mate while you’re investigating a deceased -and dismembered- ancient god. 

I’ve seen dozens of guys complaining about WD not being an ongoing, I’d hate to be the devil’s advocate here but I am more than satisfied with WD as a miniseries right now. Image is putting out so many amazing titles and my budget is so limited that I honestly couldn’t afford more ongoings. Miniseries, on the other hand, are always a sure buy for me. Out of 10 titles I buy, only 3 are ongoing and the rest are minis, that’s the only way I can keep up with Image nowadays. Meanwhile, I can’t wait for the next WD one-shot or mini. Don’t make us wait that long, eh?

Arcadio Bolaños

With Doctor Mal Practice # 2 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner
The Surgeons / los Cirujanos

Witch Doctor está enfermo, y busca con desesperación una cura. Su vida depende de ello. El Dr. Vincent Morrow y el paramédico Gast visitan el Mercado Rojo, un punto de encuentro para gente interesada en las artes arcanas y el tráfico ilegal de hechizos. Este es un lugar visitado por muchos. El doctor, desde luego, sabe quién podría ayudarlo: El Viejo Moonshine, un practicante de la magia que parece un vagabundo.

He mencionado antes que Brandon sabe lo que está haciendo. Incluso él ha mencionado en la columna de cartas que después de hacer una investigación intensa también cuenta con un par de consultores ad honorem (un doctor y una bióloga). Y todo ese esfuerzo se nota, sobre todo en la secuencia en la que Vincent Morrow inspecciona los cadáveres de los amigos del Viejo Moonshine. Determina la causa del deceso luego de inspeccionar los cuerpos y llegar a una conclusión lógica: dos criaturas místicas han atacado al mismo tiempo, algo raro ya que los monstruos tienden a ser territoriales. La explicación sobre la apariencia y los actos de las criaturas es asombrosa. Este un gran ejemplo de imaginación y creatividad; no hace falta que nosotros, los lectores, suspendamos nuestra incredulidad, podemos creer todo lo que Morrow dice desde la primera palabra. El esfuerzo aquí, en realidad, sería considerar esto como un simple relato imaginario. Es así de bueno. 

With Doctor Mal Practice # 2 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner
my letter published / mi carta publicada

Mi segundo momento favorito ocupa sólo 5 páginas: es la primera aparición de los Cirujanos, criaturas que parecen salir de una pesadilla inspirada en Hellraiser o un cruce entre un mundo Steampunk post-apocalíptico y el gore de películas como "Saw". No sé qué es lo que Lukas tenía en mente cuando leyó el guión de Brandon, pero estoy del todo seguro que ni siquiera el escritor podía haber imaginado lo estupendas que se verían sus creaciones. Lukas es un artista de extraordinario talento, su maestría del terror se mezcla a la perfección con su completo dominio del diseño.

Estaba tan encantado con el cómic que me tomó un rato llegar a la sección de cartas. Y allí encontré otra gran sorpresa: ¡mi carta publicada! Así que sin más preámbulos, aquí está.

Hola Brandon y Lukas: 

No es fácil escribir un one-shot, y no obstante, Witch Doctor la Resucitación fue un ejemplar asombroso. Hoy en día, la mayoría de escritores parece tener una obsesión con la estructura de arcos de 6 números y a veces encuentro esto un poco tedioso. Así que me complace ver que WD puede funcionar en un sólo número tan bien como en una miniserie de 4 entregas.

Por cierto, muchachos, sólo quería decir GRACIAS por publicar mi carta, es realmente un honor único, tal vez incluso más especial que ser mágicamente atado por tu futura alma-gemela mientras estás investigando a un fallecido -y desmembrado- dios antiguo.

He visto a docenas de tipos quejándose porque WD no es una serie regular, odiaría ser el abogado del diablo pero ahora mismo estoy más que satisfecho con WD como miniserie. Image está sacando tantos títulos estupendos y mi presupuesto es tan limitado que honestamente no podría darme el lujo de comprar más series regulares. Las miniseries, por otro lado, son una compra asegurada. De los 10 títulos que compro, sólo 3 son series regulares y el resto son miniseries, esa es la única forma en la que puedo mantenerme a la par con Image. Mientras tanto, no puedo esperar hasta el próximo one-shot o miniserie de WD. No nos hagan esperar mucho ¿eh?

Arcadio Bolaños


Originally Published at


Help spread the word, loyal readers! Share this story on social media:

Comment without an Outhouse Account using Facebook

We get it. You don't feel like signing up for an Outhouse account, even though it's FREE and EASY! That's okay. You can comment with your Facebook account below and we'll take care of adding it to the stream above. But you really should consider getting a full Outhouse account, which will allow you to quote posts, choose an avatar and sig, and comment on our forums too. If that sounds good to you, sign up for an Outhouse account by clicking here.

Note: while you are welcome to speak your mind freely on any topic, we do ask that you keep discussion civil between each other. Nasty personal attacks against other commenters is strongly discouraged. Thanks!
Help spread the word, loyal readers! Share this story on social media:

About the Author - Arion

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 - – and actually look at it.  There will be a quiz at the end of every month.


More articles from Arion
The Outhouse is not responsible for any butthurt incurred by reading this website. All original content copyright the author. Banner by Ali Jaffery - he's available for commission!