The Occultist # 4 by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton
Last Occultist issue we saw Rob, infatuated by a female witch named Luka, that loved to take risks. The Occultist is playing with forces he yet does not understand and putting himself and the world at risk. Detective Mendez had a magical accident and found out Rob might be in danger and we saw what really happened to Rob’s mentors.
The Occultist # 4, The Occultist is still in the land of the dead, playing with his new girlfriend, feeling the rush of being near death. He seems to gain knowledge of the people around him, but he still has not realize it is all a trap, and the mere mortal Detective Anna Mendez must rescue him ( with some help that is not pleasing to the eye). The Occultist is not ready to believe the truth, and the sword is failing due to his acts, but he must gain strength, mend what he broke and save his friends. Will he be able to stay as The Sword Keeper?
The story first goes with Charlie happy about his plan, I liked this because it makes the expectation of what is happening with Rob and Luka grows. We then go exactly where we left .The Occultist finding happiness while he is “high” in the verge of dead, already breaking a big rule as it is , makes us think about drugs, and it is something that is touched later by Luka, this magical travel has alway being to get high, to feel in nirvana , without thinking about the consequences it can have. They wanted their drug and they knew their souls ( literally) were at stake and still they kept doing it without any regards. Even when they said they were alive they felt dead already. We are in the land of the dead of course but in the other issues death itself has not come as an important element. I particularly found the part where Detective Mendez has to cross over with a memory very touching and real inside this fantasy/horror setting. I enjoyed the fight where the colors and the art were the protagonist, and the dead, how they progress