Let me come right out and say it, I’m not a big fan of Disney’s purchase of Marvel. And their decision to take Star Wars from Dark Horse is truly Evil Empire in nature. All that aside when I saw Brandon’s name on a Marvel book I bought it.
Brandon Seifert, best known for his deliciously sick twisted and NOT all ages horror series Witch Doctor from Skybound, is penning this really interesting new series from Disney and Marvel.
Seekers of the Weird is inspired by the creations of Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump. Crump is responsible for the odd artifacts that fill the Haunted Mansion. Walt and Rolly had intended to open a walk-thru exhibit connected the Mansion featuring all of Rolly’s creations. “The Museum” unfortunately would never come to pass due to Walt’s death in 1966.
Fast forward to present day, Marvel’s CCO Joe Quesada had the opportunity to hang with a some Imagineers, at a baseball game, and while discussing potential story ideas the realized “The Museum” was just the kind of project Marvel could really run with. And run with it they have…
(Brandon) Seifert sets the stage by introducing us to siblings Maxwell and Melody. Normal kids whose parents own a curio store called “Keep It Weird”. After an uneventful (but teen-angsty) day in school the kids return home to find their parents uncharacteristically preoccupied. Late that night awoken by a commotion they witness a battle in their parent’s store. The battle is a supernatural maelström of monsters and magic spells, and their parents in the middle of it all fighting for their lives. And just like that :snap: they’re gone. Kidnapped. And in that heartbeat, that moment where you wonder what’s next, the “call to adventure” bursts through the door in the person of Uncle Roland and the adventure truly begins!
This is definitely an “issue one”. Seifert had a lot on his plate here, introducing a world, its characters, and the conflict, all in 20 pages (when you adjust for the ads) and he pulled it off with style! It always amazes and delights me to see an author who I associate with a specific type of book, Witch Doctor is a decidedly adult horror book in both plot and language, pull off something so different. In this case he gives us an all-ages series I’ll read along with my 7-year-old daughter. My hope is that the sales are strong enough, and the story enjoyed enough to inspire further adventures after this initial mini-series.
After all that writer stuff I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the art! Karl Moline’s work is refreshingly complex and moody for an all-ages book, it’s nice to see an artist who doesn’t opt for a “kiddy style” just because the book needs to have a broad appeal. I’m looking forward to seeing him bring all the “weird” to life on the pages of the upcoming issues!
This is a strong 4 out of 5! Here’s a big two book that I strongly recommend you add to your pull list.
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