Graphic Novel Review: Witch Doctor, Mal Practice by Brandon Seifert

The Witch Doctor, Vincent Morrow is back, and as much as bad ass he was on volume 1. This time around he is endangered and vulnerable as an unidentified parasite is implanted in his body. With limited time, the doctor explores all his possible options to get rid of the parasite that’s terrorizing his body.

The problem with successful debuts are the second volume that comes afterwards. Volume 1 already got high praises for how ridiculous yet ultimately fun it was. Did Volume 2: Mal-Practice, live up to its predecessor? The simple answer to that question is HECK YEA it did. I would go out on a limb and say it exceeded any expectations of mine. I knew it would be good but Mal-Practice was better than good, it was great. Our likeable protagonists are still here, Vincent Morrow is still as charming as ever, Mr Gast is still the reliable helper and Penny Dreadful is still one bad ass MotherF***er. New characters are introduced and they are as intriguing as our main protagonist. One of them being already introduced as Vincent Morrow’s future ex-wife and arch-nemesis.

The world of supernatural is widely explored and would definitely would make up some great stories for future volumes. The integrated mythology is interesting and most are open to personal research, if the reader wants to learn that stuff of course. The dialogue’s witty and extremely hilarious. The writer did a great job creating the personalities for each of the characters. The art is always magnificent and the use of colour compliments the comic nicely.

Overall Mal-Practice was an incredibly entertaining read through and through, the comic constantly introduces unique concepts and they are always enthralling. Mal-Practice is definitely one of the top reads on its genre.

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Graphic Novel Review: Witch Doctor, Under the Knife by Brandon Seifert

Once in a while I manage to find a graphic novel that really blows me out of the water and make me say “what the F#@$” several times. Now that’s not essentially a bad thing but when I do say it, it means I am enjoying this graphic novel. Meet Vincent Morrow, now you have probably see couple reviews here in there saying this is House meets Fringe. Well I agree on the House part however I would say that Vincent is somewhat a combination of House and Stephen Strange, he is after all a witch doctor.

Under the Knife opens with an exorcism scene, and as cliched as you might think that went, for me, it started off strong. We have three characters that were introduced to, Vincent Morrow, The Witch Doctor, Eric Gast a paramedic and Penny Dreadful which is someone who we don’t know much off except the fact that she can kick ass. Straight from the bat you can sense the camaraderie between these three and that is enough to like all three characters. Each show a personality that is quite appealing to the reader. Now as much as our main guy Vincent looks sadistic on the cover, he is written in a very charming way and the dialogue complements him and the other two characters.

The artwork here is exceptional, the monsters were creatively done, from demon babies, to demon fish man to all sorts of abominations. This world that this graphic novel creates is very much absorbing and without a doubt would leave you wanting for more. The only thing that’s stopping me giving this a perfect 5 stars is the story. It’s good but not great. That said, it is still a fun read and anyone who loves horror, gore and a bit of humor will surely enjoy Witch Doctor.