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It's always a dame, ain't it? A slinky girl in killer heels with a cheetah
walk, ticking men off her list like she's grocery shopping. But when Dr.
Vincent Morrow has the bad luck of coming across the one woman with a living parasite
for a tongue, he suddenly finds himself trapped in a life or death struggle
with a shadowy man in black. Looks like it's another day in the office for the
supernatural doctor, where the bizarre and the arcane are an everyday
The fan-favorite WITCH DOCTOR (Image Comics) is back again
for a second helping of beasts and black magic. Originally a five part
mini-series released by Image's Skybound imprint, WITCH DOCTOR exploded on the
scene in 2011. Funny, well paced, and deeply entrenched in supernatural lore,
the comic had garnered the praise of everyone from industry critics to that
weird kid down the road. WITCH DOCTOR: MAL PRACTICE continues Dr. Morrow’s
legacy of getting in and out of trouble, once again pitting him against
In the latest arc, Dr. Morrow is back to his old ways of
expunging children of Satan and hanging out with the living embodiment of Penny
Dreadful, a bummed out demon with the appearance of teenage girl. In taking a
trip to the local dive bar following a particularly nasty possession, he gets
picked up by a mysterious woman and loses all memory of the previous night. As
he slowly begins to piece together the missing time, who should re-appear but the
woman herself, this time trying to infect the good doctor with the nastiest
looking parasite this side of the Black Death. Though she’s put down, her appearance
opens up a whole jar of messed up. Suddenly, Dr. Morrow is fighting for his
life against the initial infection she gave him the previous night and
answering to orders from mysterious strangers. A tangled web of strange
happenings, the issue has me reaching for the next issue before it's
WITCH DOCTOR: MAL PRACTICE is already burning a solid path
behind its first incarnation and lives up to the hilarious and spooky
storytelling that we’ve come to love. Author Brandon Seifert, who is also
responsible for HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW, takes his time crafting the perfect
amount of personality and characters, keeping it a smart and fresh read.
The art, by his partner in crime, Lukas Ketner keeps in pace with the quick
humor and the quicker gore, making this a solid read from beginning to end.
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