No Capes Allowed: ‘Witch Doctor’

by Ryan Rigley

What happens when you take TV shows like “House” and “Fringe,” get them really drunk, lock them in a room together, and blast some of Barry White’s greatest hits? We’ll give you a hint. It begins with “Witch” and ends with “Doctor.” Still can’t figure it out? From the demented mind of Brandon Seifert, “Witch Doctor” is the most awesome medical horror comic to date. (In fact, “Witch Doctor” might be the only medical horror comic to date.)

With a unique combination of spine-tingling terror and medical drama, there’s no doubt that “Witch Doctor” would be an immensely successful TV show. If people love shows like “Nurse Jackie” and “True Blood,” then odds are they’ll enjoy a show that seamlessly smashes the two of them together.

“Witch Doctor” also happens to be the first official title published by Skybound Entertainment, “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman’s imprint through Image Comics. And given all of the success in TV adaptations that Kirkman has seen recently, we think there’s a good chance that a “Witch Doctor” TV show could be an instant hit.

Dr. Vincent Morrow, occult physician with a license in mysticism, takes on a huge spectrum of supernatural beasts on a daily basis. His approach, strange though it may seem, never fails to rid his patients of their otherwordly ailments. Accompanying the good doctor on his house calls are Eric Gast, a skilled paramedic lacking any form of occult understanding, and Penny Dreadful, a mysterious and deadly creature trapped inside the body of a college student.

Utilizing his knowledge of the supernatural and medicine, Dr. Morrow has already battled the likes of parasitic demons, faerie changelings, vampires and Creatures from the Black Lagoon. Being equal parts Dr. House and Dr. Frankenstein, Morrow is about as talented as he is insane. Some of his “prescriptions” include The Killing Jar (a medical application of a summoning circle), a Sedlec Umbrella (made from angel bones and demon skin with a protection circle tattooed to the interior), Telekinesis pills (digestible capsules that give you a limited amount of telekinesis), and an Excalibur-like sword that only Morrow himself can wield.

Vampires, werewolves, and zombies are all the rage right now. From shows like “Teen Wolf” to “The Walking Dead,” it’s fairly obvious that audiences across the country are vastly interested in the supernatural. With that said, the possibilities for a “Witch Doctor” TV show are virtually endless.

In addition to your classic monsters and demons, “Witch Doctor” encompasses a great deal of Lovecraftian lore. H.P. Lovecraft, one of the most well-known sci-fi authors to come out of the past century, imagined a wide array of powerful deities called the Great Old Ones, which are mentioned consistently throughout the series. Anyone familiar with Lovecraft’s work will realize that this opens the door to a slew of uniquely terrifying creatures that have never previously been seen on a TV show; creatures so horrifying that the average human mind will fail to comprehend them. Now that’s good television!

Leave the masks and tights at home, kids — this is a No Capes Allowed zone. In this column, we’re highlighting all of the non-superhero comic books out there that are ripe for the big and small screen treatment. Leave us your No Capes Allowed picks in the comments section or on Twitter!