Collecting Witch Doctor #0-4
I used to dream that magic was real. Books like The Great and Secret Show had me convinced that there was dark magic just around the corner, all I had to do was find it. It is why I like Hellblazer so much, and why the TV show Supernatural and X-Files are so awesome, that blend of reality and horror into a seamless world.
Pretty much every time I pick up a new book, I’m hoping that they will nail that integration of reality and supernatural, that the ghosts and creepers that are in the title work in a way that seems real to me. Some times that happens and you get the Moore era Swamp Thing, some times it doesn’t and you get the newest incarnation of Morbius.
Witch Doctor is one of those titles that nails that merger. Dr. Vincent Morrow, with his assistants Eric Ghast, and Penny Dreadful are a moving clinic to combat supernatural disease, including possessions, monsters of all kind. Their world is a blend of medical and occult science. Instruments pieced together to help find auras and spirits to diagnose the different kinds of ailments that only come from contact with the supernatural. It is pretty brilliant.
Just like the medical community there is a board called Magicians Without Borders, and a seedy side of back ally conjurers that are willing to do the dark stuff to help you out. This is just exactly the kind of book that I love to read. Everything about it oozes that this could be reality, we just don’t know it yet, and even though I feel like I’ve been look my whole life for that world to reveal itself to me, it still hasn’t.
In this collection of the first five issues Dr. Morrow faces off with a demon possessed kid, a faerie, and a group of deep ones. Each individual tale spanning a couple of issues is just amazingly written by Brandon Seifert who has his pulse on the characters in a way that few writers do. The art is just phenomenal from Lukas Ketner (who has also done a couple of issues of Hellraiser). Everything is so medical and seems so alive and moving.
I’m always on the lookout for a title like this. For that kind of book that blends the supernatural and the real in such a way that I can pretend that maybe just maybe I’m going to walk around the corner and be caught up in some kind of caper involving a monster or a demon or something. This book is exactly my speed!
Next Time: The Whistling Skull #1