A medical drama with a wickedly funny twist, Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #3 continues to be a worthwhile read. When it comes to black humor, Brandon Seifert’s writing delivers the hilarious one-liners and Lukas Ketner gives readers something to look at with his monster artwork. This creative team-up is pushing their “Witch Doctor” series to a new level.
WRITTEN BY: Brandon Seifert
ART BY: Lukas Ketner
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: January 23, 2012
Seifert builds up the tension and suspense in this issue. A bigger clue to the story arc’s mystery is revealed as Dr. Morrow finally meets the devious schemers who poisoned him. Because he doesn’t trust anyone, Dr. Morrow isn’t completely sure whether they have his cure or not. Seifert plays an interesting guessing-game with this scenario. Readers are going to have a fun time with this because you’re not really sure which of the protagonists or the antagonists have the upper-hand.
In the opening pages, Seifert provides some character growth to Dr. Morrow. Because he is going to die soon, Dr. Morrow wants to make sure debts are settled and people are taken care of. Readers are getting to see more of the doctor’s personal side, which harkens back to the first issue of “Mal Practice.” When he was alone, Dr. Morrow was listening to his favorite music, cheesy 80’s jams.
Ketner creates the tense atmosphere and the moody lighting right from the start. This entire confrontation between Dr. Morrow and his enemies takes place during a single night and in one location. To heighten the suspense, Ketner focuses on the character’s facial reactions rather than the background. In close-ups, Ketner highlights Seifert’s slapstick humor with his cartoony facial expressions.
The most exciting panels are when Penny jumps into battle. There is a lot of detail to Penny’s poses, especially when she stretches out her arms and slashes the air. Notice the way Eric is depicted with an electronic device on his back. In a hilarious nod to popular culture, Eric looks like a Ghostbuster with his proton pack.
At its mid-way point, “Witch Doctor: Mal Practice” #3 continues to be an entertaining breed of medical horror. This is the right moment for anyone who hasn’t read the “Witch Doctor” series to jump right in.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis