"Voodoo Detective: Old Wounds and Other Tales" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Written by R. Thomas Favino
Illustrated by Dominic Black
2017, 43 Pages
Jackson Delmond specializes in a particular type of crime. The local police force calls him in when something weird and unexplainable happens. He taps into the supernatural elements lurking just beneath the surface of our world. This issue of Voodoo Detective features a number of his adventures, including run-ins with a number of monsters both human and unnatural.
It's clear from the get-go that Jackson takes his job very seriously. I don't know if I should call it a job as I'm not certain he gets paid for what he does. He carries himself with a sense of determination and stoicism. Jackson is clearly dependable, as he walks right into a crime scene in the opening story, “Old Wounds,” and the officers step aside to let him do his thing. He doesn't swagger in like John Constantine or stumble like Cal MacDonald. He's more like Mr. Rhee. This is a man that has definitely seen some shit in his life and he's willing to go to great lengths to ensure that no one else has to suffer such atrocities.
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Although Jackson's talents in handling the supernatural are without question, he's not perfect. He makes mistakes and he's far from invincible. This is especially true in “Threats Unseen” where he's practically on the brink of death. He knows when he needs a helping hand or when he's not fully equipped to handle a threat.
The artwork throughout Voodoo Detective is somewhat inconsistent. There are panels that are spot-on and drive home unparalleled levels of tension. Then there are others that look flat, as if a three-dimensional image was squished between two panes of glass. Limbs will appear a little off or characters will stand in awkward, unnatural positions. This isn't enough to detract from the story, but it is noticeable.
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The colors make up for this, as they are pitch perfect. They really set the tone for Voodoo Detective, whether Jackson is walking through a neon-hued spirit realm or running through the dark alleys of the city. They capture the otherworldly flare of the subject matter.
There are a total of four stories included in this comic. While they each tell a different tale, there's an overall arc. It builds to a larger evil conspiring in the background against Jackson. This also ramps up the excitement and anticipation for future chapters. It's a great introduction to this world and the central character. Voodoo Detective is an impressive debut that serves as a worthy addition to the world of supernatural investigators.