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Witch Doctor #1

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Witch Doctor #1

Credits

  • Words: Brandon Seifert
  • Art: Lukas Ketner
  • Publisher: Image/Skybound
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jun 22, 2011

Be prepared to suffer through an onslaught of medical-themed metaphors this summer as critics, reviewers, and insiders from across the comic book industry rave about Image Comics’ brainy, zany new book Witch Doctor by native Alaskan newcomers Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner. Published under the aegis of Robert Kirkman’s imprint Skybound Originals and arguably the most accomplished debut by a pair of new creators in recent memory, Witch Doctor has it all: an original hook, spot-on characterization, and gorgeous art.

In Witch Doctor #1, Seifert and Ketner effortlessly introduce their unique premise and their splendidly bizarre and cryptic protagonist Dr. Vincent Morrow, in a tight one-shot that reads like the duo have been creating comics for years. I’ve read a lot of standalone stories recently, by far more established creators that don’t hold a candle to this first issue. No joke – Seifert and Ketner are the real deal.

Introducing their premise through Dr. Morrow’s intervention in the demonic possession of a young boy, Seifert and Ketner lay the foundation for their story with an intuitive understanding of what makes a successful first issue. Easily balancing action with exposition, the plot shows meticulous timing, the tension rising at a steady, bouncy pace. Seifert’s script is energetic and smart; he introduces the series’ native lingo with charm and flair. The interplay between all of the characters feels natural and unforced, each member of the supporting cast realized with the same care and thought as Dr. Morrow.

Ketner’s visual storytelling matches his partner’s stride for stride. Featuring a fluid robustness, reminiscent of Neal Adams, Ketner’s art possesses true weight and texture and a certain timeless design sense perfect for the tone and content of his subject matter. His pages are clear, concise, and easy to follow without sacrificing the book’s quirky rolling gait. This is truly a case of each creative partner instinctively and symbiotically feeding off the strengths of the other. The result is one of the most impressive debuts in recent memory by two newcomers.

According to Dr. Morrow, the world is sick and he’s the only one who can cure what ails it. If that’s the case, then I hope it’s a long, drawn-out illness, because Witch Doctor by attending physicians Seifert and Ketner is well worth suffering for.

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  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Jun 28, 2011 at 3:30am

    I agree, this book caught me by surprise! intelligent horror comic.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Jun 28, 2011 at 6:15am

    The cover certainly grabs my attention.

  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Jun 28, 2011 at 6:26am

    The writing inside too I believe ... :p

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Jun 28, 2011 at 6:37am

    I think the cover reminds me of myself at the end of an average Saturday night...

  • Jason Wilkins

    Jason Wilkins Jun 29, 2011 at 5:56pm

    One of my favorite reads so far this year. I love the art and the writing is sharp. You can check out the other covers at their website. Some cool stuff there.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Jun 29, 2011 at 6:12pm

    I might wait for the trade and grab this one then. I trust your judgement gentlemen.

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