"Witch Doctor: The Resuscitation" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Brandon Seifert
Illustrated by Lukas Ketner
2011, 26 Pages, $2.99
Comic released on December 21st, 2011
After being named my top horror comic of 2011, you can imagine my excitement when it came to checking out the latest from Witch Doctor. Unfortunately, it came in the form of a one-shot entitled The Resuscitation instead of another series.
Occult physician Dr. Vincent Morrow returns with another mind-boggling supernatural case. A man wakes up in your typical bathtub-full-of-ice with an incision on his side. You'd think that a kidney was missing, but you'd be wrong. It's still there...it's just different now. Morrow investigates with Excalibur in hand to find a plot involving an ancient Egyptian god and he might have very well met his match.
I made the comparison to House M.D. when I reviewed issues #3 and #4 of Witch Doctor and that association still stands. In many ways, Morrow is similar to the limping doctor, but he's so much cooler because he wields a giant sword and deals with monsters. His dialogue is quick and witty and somehow always manages to put down the person he's talking to. He has an inherent need to figure things out and he just can't stop himself even if it means putting his life in danger. Fortunately he has backup in paramedic Eric Gast and Penny Dreadful, his patient and anesthesiologist.
Morrow encounters his Moriarty to his Sherlock Holmes in Catrina Macabrey, a rival doctor who doesn't abide by the laws of magical medicine. It's intriguing and I hope to see more of her in the next series of Witch Doctor.
As with the previous issues, artist Lukas Ketner tears it up here. I love his style, which manages to be both pulpy and modern. The details are precise and everything looks very clear. Ketner nails the facial expressions of each character, too. There's the always thoughtful, yet charmingly douchy face of Morrow and the often questioning mug of Eric Gast. He's able to say so much through their expressions, something that a lot of other artists just don't do.
My only real problem with The Resuscitation is that I want more. The first four issues of the series were recently collected in a trade paperback. This one-shot makes for five total issues, but there is just so much more that author Brandon Seifert can go with these characters. I'm just impatient to see another series. Fortunately, Witch Doctor: Mal Practice will be coming out sometime this year. In the meantime, I urge you to look through the back issues for this one-shot or check it out digitally on comiXology or Grapic.ly.