Thee Comic Column #20: Witch Doctor Mal Practice

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Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner’s first Witch Doctor series, published by Image Comics’ Skybound imprint, was one of my favorite new series in 2012. Combining medical drama with a real grindhouse feel (think House M.D. meets Evil Dead and you’ll be in the ballpark) Dr. Vincent Morrow, Occult Physician, cuts a swathe through a gaggle of demonic entities, baby-abducting Faeries, Fish People and an otherwise odd assortment of psychic and spiritual parasites. There’s a big-picture arc going on behind the scenes as well, one that loosely ties Witch Doctor into the writings of early twentieth century horror author H.P.Lovecraft, only here it’s done in a way that uses Lovecraft’s beloved Olde Ones mythos to bolster the creators’ own original Universe, rather than just telling stories within the already established (and overpopulated) toybox Lovecraft bequeathed to us almost a century ago .

Thee Comic Column #8: Harvest

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Since Robert Kirkman became a partner with Image Comics circa 2008 the imprint has taken on a number of mini series that showcase indie talent. Take for example Witch Doctor or The Strange Talent of Luther Strode to name but a couple off the top of my head. With the overwhelming crossover success of Kirkman’s The Walking Dead he has helped the company find and bring to light a lot of great indie stories, and this past weekend I discovered yet another one.

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