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Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #2

Credits

  • Words: Brandon Seifert
  • Art: Lukas Ketner
  • Colors: Andy Troy
  • Publisher: Image/Skybound
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Dec 19, 2012

Seifert and Ketner’s macabre master of the mystic medical arts meets his match facing the sinister Surgeons!

If the first volume of Witch Doctor focused on introducing the good Dr. Vincent Morrow and the bizarre universe of occult medicine in which he operates, then this second volume of Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner’s instant creator-owned hit concerns itself with the idea of expansion. Taking a cue from last issue, in which we witnessed the development of supporting cast members Eric Gast and Penny Dreadful, the second installment of Mal Practice, expands the audience’s knowledge and understanding of the Dr. Morrow’s milieu, introducing new characters, places, and threats.

Still reeling from his self-diagnosis of the frightful strigoi disease last issue, Morrow and his trusty aide and former paramedic Gast go underground to the notorious Red Market to find a cure for his condition and a way out of the arrangement with his mysterious mystical extortionists. Populated by mages, monsters, seers, and charlatans, the Red Market is the one place where his enemies can’t follow his movements. When the denizens of the clandestine carnival prove unable or unwilling to help him out of his predicament, Morrow attempts a desperate gambit, summoning the gruesome, extra-dimensional Surgeons for a consult.

Once again, Seifert and Ketner are firing on all cylinders, broadening the sweep and scope of Dr. Morrow’s universe with a perverse, maniacal glee. The Red Market and its eclectic collection of creeps, ghouls, and wizards pops off the page both visually and conceptually. Seifert’s sharp yet exuberant dialogue helps push the pace, mirroring Morrow’s alternating frenetic posturing and desperate pleas for help, while providing insight into the ever-widening gyre of dire circumstance in which the good doctor finds himself.

Ketner’s artwork continues to develop in startling leaps and bounds, culminating this issue with the introduction of the sadistic Surgeons. Utterly disturbing and preying upon society’s widely held fear of surgery and hospitals, the Surgeons, despite only a brief yet harrowing appearance, will stay with you long after this chapter’s conclusion. A special shout-out should go to colorist Andy Troy, whose own unsung artistry truly adds to the classic visual tone of the series, infusing both texture and atmosphere to Ketner’s robust, sometimes chaotic linework.

Another winning installment in what is proving to be a gripping new chronicle of Dr. Morrow’s latest misadventure, Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #2 has it all: horror, comedy, and sick visuals guaranteed to punch you in the gut, even as they lure you into Seifert and Ketner’s mad, mad world of occult medicine. One of the best, most satisfying reads on the shelves today, bar none.

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  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Dec 21, 2012 at 3:33am

    great review, love this book!

  • Jason Wilkins

    Jason Wilkins Dec 22, 2012 at 12:54am

    Thanks Bart! I'm loving this series too :) This is a seriously solid property that could easily make the leap into a variety of different media. I can.t wait to see where it goes.

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