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Witch Doctor, Vol. 1: Under the Knife Paperback – December 27, 2011
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"A dizzyingly imaginative romp... reads a bit like a mashup of Doctor Who with Lovecraft" -Publishers Weekly
"Charmingly demented... This is a fine debut, and I can't wait for future volumes." -Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"Eminently entertaining" -io9
"A spectacular genre hybrid that specializes in putting new twists on familiar horror tropes" -The A.V. Club
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That being said, my review might be a little biased due to the fan-freaking-tastic art in The Witch Doctor.
The Story is fairly short, and i won't go into detail since there isn't much I can say without spoiling anything, but the plot revolves around diagnosing babies and such that are infected with supernatural diseases and Demons, yes...infected with demons...
This comic series is very original in the way it explains supernatural phenomena, such as demonic possessions, unknown ailments of babies, and hidden secrets that are better left unearthed. Our very own doctor, Dr. Vincent Marrow, is a sort of psychotic doctor who lacks a sense of danger and imperativeness.
What can I say about the art. Its good. Its gooder than good its fantastic! The penicilling is fairly persistent throughout but about 70% of the way through the book, a new peniciller comes in and you can notice the difference, but both penicillers capture the rugged and dreary atmosphere wonderfully. The color pallet is muggy, many of the characters look ailed, and the medical instruments hold a crazy amount of detail.
Overall, this series is a must own for anyone who loves dark art, medical mysteries, and great indie comics. The Witch Doctor is one of the first indie comic series I have come to own, and after a short read of the first series (1-4), I am definitely buying the second series (Mal Practice 1-6)
The cover is a bit misleading, open it up and give a few pages a try.
This trade didn't have all the extras that were added into the comics themselves but they do contain a decent more that weren't as well as concepts for the main characters as well as variant covers. This volume contains issues 1-4 as well as the issue 0 from the back of The Walking Dead.