Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #2 Review

Can this series continue in the footsteps of it’s phenomenal first issue or will it decline quickly? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

Nothing makes sense…everything that Doctor Spektor has ever known is called into question, and he’ll stop at nothing to uncover the secrets and lies that hide beneath the surface of reality. Can the Master Of The Occult overcome his fears, and learn the unfathomable secrets of the universe? Only the legendary MARK WAID (Daredevil) and NEIL EDWARDS (X-Factor) can tell you…

Layout 1Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult kicked off to a sensational start with it being my favourite opening issue from the Golden Key revival series’. The series continues in a gripping enigmatic fashion as despite not quite living up to the superb start it still captivated. The way that the story dabbles in what appears like parallel worlds really appeals to me as bar the odd strange sensation from time to time it proved very intriguing.

Mark Waid once again does a terrific job of writing the script for this series as though it doesn’t quite match the quality of the first issue it’s still to a very high standard. The main thing that appealed to me about Waid’s script for this particular issue was the way he handled these strange events with the confused state of the two main characters being very intense. I also love the way that Waid continues to use elements of other Golden Key series with Magnus’ appearance being shocking as well as awesome. Despite all this I did find the constant jumping between time frames at the start to be a little off putting, taking away from the flow of the issue.

Neil Edwards also once again stuns me with his phenomenal artwork with his breathtaking visuals being a pleasure to look at. The sheer detail and realism of Edwards art is simply amazing as though there may be the very odd imperfection here and there the overall dynamic is fabulous. Edwards also does a marvellous job of capturing the drama and emotion throughout this issue with it adding an intense tone at times. Jordan Boyd‘s mixture of soft and punchy colours also helped set the tone for this issue brilliantly, giving a fabulous finish to Edwards art.

Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult continues to be a must read comic as though it doesn’t quite live up to the spectacular first issue it remains mysterious and intriguing, having a wonderful concept. Highly recommended.

  • + The appearance of other Golden Key characters continues to amaze.
  • + A strange and mysterious script from Mark Waid.
  • + Stunning visuals from Neil Edwards.
  • - The switch between time frames hurt the flow of the issue.

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