An advance review of the Image comic.
The first volume of Witch Doctor, released in late 2011, was a herald of sorts for the Image explosion of 2011. Filled with bold storytelling and unique concepts, the miniseries showcased the growing market for horror comics in today's market. Now Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner are back with a new miniseries, Witch Doctor: Mal Practice, the third issue of which puts Dr. Morrow and company against an even more bizarre foe than those they faced last series.
The premise of the new miniseries is relatively simple: protagonist Dr. Vincent Morrow has been afflicted with a deadly curse, one that even he cannot cure. Although the group responsible for cursing him offers a cure in exchange for an occult book in his possession, Morrow is determined to find a solution on his own terms. The first two issues of the series have been spent establishing Morrow's predicament and his initial (and near-disastrous) attempt to find an alternative cure for his plight. The third issue, out tomorrow, sees Morrow, his assistant Eric, and his "associate" Penny Dreadful take the fight right back to his opponents.
Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #3 exemplifies everything great about the Image series. Seifert packs twists and quadruple-crosses into 22 pages, not letting a single panel go to waste. The characterization is spot on as well, with Morrow displaying both his trademark arrogance and vulnerability in the opening pages. Ketner's art is fantastic as always, bringing the bizarre creatures and magic of Witch Doctor to life. If there's one flaw with this comic, it's that Morrow gets outmatched and outmanuevered so easily this issue, although knowing Seifert and Ketner, there's at least one more trick up his sleeve.
Witch Doctor: Mal Practice (and its predecessing miniseries) is a fun, fast-paced, and adventurous story that keeps the reader guessing and anxiously waiting the next installment. Whether you're wanting to read a perfect mixture of humor, horror and action, looking for an alternative to repetitive superhero comics or are seeking young creators to support and rally around, Witch Doctor is the medicine you're looking for.
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