Here I am sitting on the floor in hallway of my daughter’s dance school, listening to the soft tones of ballet echo from the studio, with a pile of comics and an hour to kill. I am so glad I waited till this moment to catch up.
Witch Doctor – Mal Practice 5 of 6
Brandon Seifert’s medical/supernatural/horror/comedy/action-adventure masterpiece is a series I can’t get enough of. He’s one of those writers whose stories are so well written I find myself drawn completely into them. It’s not that he writes a world I’d necessarily want to live in, he creates a world that I can almost believe exists. That, for me, is the mark of great fiction. Couple that Lucas Ketner’s amazingly original character (read monster) design and beautifully detailed environments, broodily, moodily colored by Andy Troy and you’ve got a can’t miss series. I can’t wait for this one to wrap up so the next one can start! 4.5 out of 5!
If you find this review lacking in the plot summary department you can get all that here.
Oh if you haven’t been keeping up with this series the trade comes out in June (thank you “Doctor’s Notes” letters column!). Witch Doctor vol 2 – Mal Practice comes out June 19th, it will include Mal Practice 1 – 6 as well as The Resurrection, the hard to get but important prelude to this latest chapter in Doc Morrow’s story. I’m sure I’ll get the necessary info to order the trade soon (Brandon are you out there?)! When I do I’ll post it! Don’t want to wait for the trade? Get on the horn to your local comic shop and see what they’ve got!
Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #5
Writer: Seifert, Brandon
Artist: Ketner, Lukas
Cover Artist: Ketner, Lukas
Diamond ID: JAN130619
On Sale: March 27, 2013
Series: Witch Doctor
The other book I got the time to read while sitting there, quietly, for those precious moments when my children aren’t climbing up my leg or asking questions incessantly was:
B.P.R.D – Vampire 1 of 5
This highly anticipated mini is finally here, coming in at 22 pages it’s not exactly a magnum opus but it is a strong first issue.
We open with a dark wonderfully gory peek at vampire life and then we meet our “hero”. Agent Anders had seen his fair share of horror, hell working for Professor Trevor Bruttenholm in the 1940’s is anything but serene. He’s had it a little worse than most though, with the memories of a pair of vampire sisters plaguing him and the eye-witness account of the worship of the goddess Hecate, he feels he can longer fullfill his duties as a B.P.R.D. agent. Instead he must hunt the monsters on his own, whereever such a dark quest may lead him.
Having Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon working with Mike Mignola again is outstanding! Their work on B.P.R.D. 1947 was wonderful and their previous and subsequent series’ (Casanova, PIXU, Daytripper) show us it wasn’t a fluke. Having Dave Stewart on this book is a great idea, his colors are perfect for the spookiness and his style keeps the Mignolaverse vibe strong. All that being said this isn’t a five out of five book. The opening chapter is a little skimpy and if this wasn’t number one in a mini series I’d probably say skip it. The series as a whole will rock, that I am sure of, this issue? 3 out of 5.
B.P.R.D. Vampire #1
Writer: Mike Mignola, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá
Artist: Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Fábio Moon
Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure
Format: LIMITED SERIES