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WITCH DOCTOR #1
(Skybound), a terrifically stylish and exciting supernatural thriller full of
wild ideas sees a maniacal doctor who’s become obsessed with the existence of
the paranormal. His medical team tries to keep him in touch with reality, but
ultimately fails to stop him, as he throws himself into danger.
A family has lost all
hope for their terminally ill young son and has no one to turn to when the
child is possessed by a demon. As the boy floats above his bed and spews
scorpions from his mouth, a priest struggles to exorcise the demon, but his
faith is unprepared for the grueling battle. Unstoppable and menacing, the
demon intends to stay inside and torture the boy’s soul, which is where the
aforementioned Dr. Vincent Morrow and his medical team come in, and well,
insist on dissecting the new patient.
Author Brandon Seifert
wonderfully showcases each member of the ensemble and their relationships. Eric
Gast, the paramedic, is the everyman caught in an extraordinary situation. Even
as he faces terrifying demonic acts, Eric knows full well there is a patient's
life in danger. Though he butts heads with Morrow, Eric is still loyal because
the doctor is brilliant. Meanwhile, Penny Dreadful is a mysterious presence
with an attention-grabbing personality.
At his best, Seifert
gives a little more depth to Dr. Morrow's characterization. An interesting
debate between science and religion escalates in the middle of WITCH DOCTOR’s
pages and, through well-written dialogue and Lukas Ketner’s distinctive art,
Dr. Morrow and the priest compellingly argue over how to save the boy's soul.
Elsewhere, Ketner’s work
really shines in the full-scale attack between Dr. Morrow and the demon inside
Highly recommended, WITCH
DOCTOR #1 is a great start to this seemingly unique and offbeat four-issue
miniseries. WITCH DOCTOR #1 hits June 29th, making a great addition to Robert
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