Story: Mike Richardson & Tim Seeley
Script: Tim Seeley
Art: Victor Drujiniu
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Steve Morris (header)
Alternate Cover: Jenny Frison (pictured right)
Published: Dark Horse
The Occultist begins by introducing us to a man who appears to be a little paranoid. We quickly find out that his paranoia is justified, the women he invited over turns out to be a demon, monstery type creature who eats and kills him. Before this happens however, we learn that he is, or was, the Occultist. Due to his demise a new Occultist must step into the now open position. That someone is Robert Bailey. Robert is your everyday typical college student, and this is the typical story. Boy lives life, otherworldly forces are at work and pick boy, boy has no idea what is happening to him and everyone who does know only tells him information in bits and pieces. He worked at a bookstore for a man named Mr.Elder. We learn that Mr. Elder appeared to be a kind of mentor to Robert, but Mr. Elder has been killed. He has since appeared to Robert posthumously and tried to guide him but did so in a cryptic, unhelpful kind of way. We find that Robert is being guided by the Sword, which is a mystical book that Robert doesn’t really understand. As the police investigate Mr. Elder’s death they make their way to Robert, who when the questioning becomes tough, uses the Sword’s mojo on the detective, this works successfully for him, but not so much for the poor detective who’s brain appears to have short circuited a little bit. Unfortunately for Robert, everyone else also seems to understand how critical the Sword is. He ends up with bounty hunters after the Sword and in the process of their search they will stop at nothing to get it, even kill him if necessary. The bounty hunters are after the book, Robert’s after the truth and the cops are after Robert.
This comic is good, as is the art and colors. This issue does a good job of giving some context and backstory for forthcoming issues. The dialog is good, it made me laugh a few times, which truthfully I didn’t expect. Overall The Occultist was entertaining, it has an interesting premise and was enjoyable to read.
Release Date: November 9th, 2011