Ghosts, werewolves and an invisible man all make an appearance in Bad Medicine: New Moon, an exciting new horror title from Oni Press. Haunted by a tragic life, Doctor Randal Horne comes back to the real world from a self-imposed exile when a deadly mystery rears its ugly head, a murder that only he can solve. Set in the contemporary niche-genre of dark fantasy, tragedy is around the corner for all secondary characters that spend any time with Horne – this on top of all the available monsters means lots of high action tension.
Writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir do a great job of intertwining all of the above monsters – no vampires yet – with sincere, human characters that allow for both easy empathizing and dynamic, gory excitement. This first book, New Moon not only introduces complex and interesting characters in a driving story but it also establishes a well-rounded team of investigators for future mysteries. DeFillipis and Weir seem to hold little or nothing back.
Backed by Bill Crabtree’s scene and mood-setting colors, Christopher Mitten’s artistry really builds on DeFilippis and Weir’s writing in Bad Medicine. Mitten keeps their dialogue visually dynamic through efficient storytelling and page building. Mitten also shows that he can imagine what it would be like for a werewolf to tear a man apart and collide head on with another human being. It’s vicious and rough and adds even more to the intensity of Bad Medicine.
Through smart writing and talented art, Bad Medicine: New Moon is an exciting first trade and builds a dark fantasy world well-worth the read.