Monday, October 1, 2007

Doctor 13

Doctor 13 Architecture & Mortality, written by Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) and drawn by Cliff Chiang (Human Target, Beware the Creeper), published by DC Comics, collects the eight part series from Tales of the Unexpected. Doctor 13 is the world's biggest skeptic who investigates things of paranormal origin and in this volume he runs into other old DC B or C list characters such as I...Vampire, Anthro, Haunted Tank, and Infectious Lass. No prior knowledge of these characters is required to enjoy Doctor 13. If you like comic books that have that nudge, nudge, wink, wink quality written by a writer unafraid to in essence bite the hand that feeds him (including not so thinly veiled shots at four prominent DC writers and jabs at "event" storytelling), well Doctor 13 is the book for you.

Actually, Doctor 13 isn't really mean-spirited because a love of the wacky fun that only comics can do (especially DC Comics from the 1950's and 1960's) is evident as is Doctor 13's love, concern, and care for his daughter, Traci Thirteen. Artist Cliff Chiang always makes for good eye candy (with wonderful colors by Patricia Mulvihill), go to to sample more of his clean line, fun style (and he'll be the artist on the upcoming new Green Arrow / Black Canary comic)!

1 comment:

Todd C. Murry said...

I really want to read this together... serialized it was fun and jokey (reminding me for some reason of Rex Mantooth), but I didn't get a full idea of whatever "metatext" they were going for (I got some... the architect stuff was clear, but I can't tell you what "statement" was being made).