Review: Doctor Spektor: Master Of The Occult #1
“TV legend. Wall Street wolf. Internet mogul. Tabloid bad boy. Master metaphysicist. Spiritualist. Monster hunter. Doctor Adam Spektor is all of these things…and less.” For fifteen years, Spektor has traveled the globe to smoke out and defeat werewolves, vampires, ghosts and everything else that goes bump in the night. Yet his success has brought him no peace…some part of him is missing, something he needs but can’t name. But he’s about to find what’s missing…in an unlikely place… UNLOCK ANOTHER PIECE OF THE GOLD KEY UNIVERSE, courtesy of MARK WAID (Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk) and NEIL EDWARDS (X-Factor, Fantastic Four)!
The final piece of Dynamite’s new Gold Key universe relaunch hits this week with the release of Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1. The story is written by Mark Waid with art by Neil Edwards. Jordan Boyd provides colors with Marshall Dillon tackling lettering. All the Gold Key books got off to a great start, but is Waid able to shake things up with the most obscure of the relaunched series?
Doctor Adam Spektor is a TV star and something of a businessman. Spektor hosts the hit show Doctor Spektor: Bring ‘Em Back Undead where he takes on all manner of strange and metaphysical. We find the good doctor fighting a rather powerful vampire in the opening pages, but he also uses his time to dispel the claims of self-professed physics and the like. While Spektor is riding a ratings high and is more popular than ever, things aren’t going so well in his personal life. When a new assistant is hired, we get a look at just how troubled the man behind the public persona really is. While Spektor is fighting his personal demons, he may just find that a little old lady who says she’s a physic will unleash his greatest threat yet. Can Doctor Spektor pull it together and figure out what the heck is really going on? What’s up with the visions of those three strange men he saw?
Waid writes a great opener. Things are action-packed in the opening that shows us Spektor’s TV show, but after the first several pages it settles into the story and starts to get into the characters and Spektor’s motivations. There’s one thing in the latter half of the book that will really please fans as well and leave them asking a whole lot of questions until next month. It’s a surprising development that really opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to where Waid may take the limited series. Edwards’ art is solid overall. The artist does a great job of bringing Spektor’s cast of characters and his rather strange world to life. Edwards really plays up the emotion of the piece, though there are a very few instances where it feels like the expressions feel a little over emphasized for the dialogue being delivered. There is a scene with a satellite that is utterly beautiful though. Boyd’s colors do a fantastic job of presenting a realistic world while still offering up some bright and bold colors when the more supernatural elements are introduced.
Bottom Line: Doctor Spektor is easily the most obscure of Dynamite’s Gold Key characters, but Waid and company do a brilliant job of updating the good doctor and introducing him for a new age. Waid already has a hit at Dynamite with Green Hornet, and it looks like he can soon add Doctor Spektor as well. 4/5
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