I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got seven new comics plus a hard cover collection:

  • O.M.A.C. – 3
  • Stormwatch – 3
  • Usagi Yojimbo – 141
  • Fear Agent – 32
  • Mystic – 4
  • Rachel Rising – 3
  • Peanuts – 0
  • ”Hellboy: House of the Living Dead”
  • And now for a review of something I’ve read recently.

    ”Obergeist: Director’s Cut” by Dan Jolley and Tony Harris

    I just checked the date on this one and it came out in 2002. That’s a while ago. I only noticed its existence last year as I was browsing on Amazon and then I put it on my wish list. I got it as a birthday gift this summer so I’ve given it a read.

    ”Obergeist” bills itself as a horror story but it seems more like a super-hero story to me. Sure there were some parts that were horror story material but when the lead character has super-powers it seems less like the horror genre to me. That doesn’t really matter but it’s a thought that came to my mind.

    The story is of a man seeking redemption. Obergeist, which means over-spirit, started out as a Nazi doctor who performed experiments on people in concentration camps along with Josef Mengele. One of Obergeist’s unwilling patients makes Obergeist have a vision of all the harm he’d done. Obergeist freaks out, wants to stop all the experiments, and then dies. Cut to the after-life. Obergeist gets super-powers from some demons and goes back to the world in the sometime around the year 2450 and has to stop a Neo-Nazi from causing Armageddon.

    Yeah, the plot didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. It was well done but it seemed a little weird and I couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to. I liked the flashbacks to Obergeist’s life as a regular person back in Nazi Germany better than all the fantastical stuff. It rang more true to me. Obergeist didn’t have an idea of what to do in the year 2450 much of the time and I didn’t have any idea what he was doing their either.

    The art was nice. Tony Harris usually does a good job and here in no exception. The only criticism I have of it is that sometimes I think he chooses page design over storytelling. The pages look real nice when I’m flipping through the book but when I’m actually reading it the layouts can get confusing. It’s not terrible but it can be distracting.

    Overall I’d say this book was okay. Not great but a solid read.