Doctor Spektor: Master Of The Occult #1

Doctor Spektor: Master Of The Occult #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Neil Edwards Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: May 28, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 3
6.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

TV Legend. Wall Street Wolf. Internet Mogul. Tabloid Bad Boy. Master Metaphysicist. Spiritualist. Monster Hunter. Doctor Adam Spektor is all of these things... and less. For fifteen years, Spektor has traveled the globe to smoke out and defeat werewolves, vampires, ghosts and everything else that goes bump in the night. Yet his success has brought him no peace... some part of him is missing; something he needs but can't name. But he's about to find what's missing... in an unlikely place... unlock another piece of the Gold Key universe, courtesy of Mark Waid (Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk) and Neil Edwards (X-Factor)!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III May 28, 2014

    When you are a huge fan of a genre, you feel as if you have seen almost everything that genre has to offer. You have watched countless hours of content and read every page you could get your hands on. You are jaded in your obsession. Its this feeling that makes Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1 feel all the more special. Mark Waid and his outstanding art team have taken bits and pieces from various inspirations and stories from the past and crystallized them through this reboot into something truly fresh feeling. We've seen the noble vampire hunter, we've seen the cynical demon fighter, and we've seen the distant practitioner of the arcane arts. We've never seen anyone like Adam Spektor. Now all we have to do it buy the ticket and take the ride with him. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin May 27, 2014

    Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult gets off to a stunning start, being Dynamite's best Golden Key series dbut yet. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jul 7, 2014

    Neil Edwards is a solid illustrator whose work seems to be as good with super heroes as with drawing regular folks. Most of the issue contains with regular folks. His work is cleaner than the average Vertigo series from DC Comics. Im looking forward for more adventures from this series but Im not sure if enough readers will notice it and give it a chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Cole Kennedy May 27, 2014

    This first issue raises more questions than answers but there is no question about the quality of the book itself. The creators were chosen well and each of their respective creative roles mold together effectively. The idea of pursuing these fictional creatures should provide many interesting stories, and with the all of the other magical elements displayed in this issue, there are definitely more mysterious and adventures to come. Overall, Waid and company present a good first issue with exciting action scenes, dynamic panels and an interesting base of a story that is sure to grow more complex and surely more gripping. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson May 28, 2014

    Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult adds a unique supernatural element to Dynamite's Gold Key line.  It doesn't just toss in some werewolves and call itself a horror comic.  Instead, Waid has created a flawed character struggling with his own success while also dealing with ghosts and vampires, all while in front of a camera. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - William Mercado May 29, 2014

    The writing did seem a little too blas for me and the story gets a little loose from time to time too, but that's somewhat expected from an initial issue considering all the weight and affect it must carry. The art by Neil Edwards is very well drawn, though I felt a little gypped on the palette; I was totally sold on the muted colors, expecting something far out and fantastic once we got magical. But the tone pretty much stayed the same throughout, which was a slight disappointment. The tale encompasses some death, some ghosts, and the wonderful revelation (at least to the reader) that Spektor's world is even larger than we all thought. It's an enticing tease and I'm falling for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 28, 2014

    I've long enjoyed Mark Waid's writing and he looks to be having a lot of fun with this title right from the get go, and that can be infectious. With a couple of reads, you see a lot of what's going on here and the potential and there's a lot to like, though those last pages left me feeling rushed no matter how many times I read it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell May 28, 2014

    Doctor Spektor is easily the most obscure of Dynamite's Gold Key characters, but Waid and company do a brilliant job of updating the good doctor and introducing him for a new age. Waid already has a hit at Dynamite with Green Hornet, and it looks like he can soon add Doctor Spektor as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Roderick Ruth May 28, 2014

    This comic book was a pleasant reintroduction into Doctor Spektor: Master of The Occult. Creators Mark Waid and Neil Edwards have created a premise and style that some comic fans could compare as a version of Tony Stark's Iron Man with supernatural abilities, complete with his own version of Jarvis and Pepper Potts. To some that might seem like an awesome adventure to experience, and to some it may seem like an arduous road that we've already been down before. Regardless of which side of the fence you fall upon, Waid and Edwards still put out a solid issue and have literally left the door wide open (by the last panel) that it'll be hard for readers to tame their curiousity and not want to run after them for another issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Cal Cleary May 29, 2014

    Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1 isn't a perfect debut by any means, but it's still another feather in the cap of Dynamite's increasingly interesting Gold Key line of comics. I'm a bit nervous about a mid-issue twist that implies crossover coming to the line and I haven't quite made up my mind just yet on artist Neil Edwards, but Waid's script is lively, and he manages to make his asshole protagonist not just relatable in a single issue, but bordering on soulful. And that, to me, is the real strength of the comic. It's easy to give us an exciting adventure in 20 pages, and even easier to just set up an exciting adventure in that time. Getting us to care about a character most of us have never heard of? That's harder, but Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1 rises to that challenge. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber May 30, 2014

    Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult will probably not reach the heights of other Mark Waid projects like Daredevil and Kingdom Come, but it's nonetheless an intriguing premise with a fun execution, albeit with some mediocre art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Taffeta Darling Jun 3, 2014

    Mark Waid (Daredevil) does his best to keep the readers intrigued and interested, but this Darling Nun was getting bored with it about halfway. Neil (Fantastic Four) Edwards' art feels understated and out of place at times. He's trying hard to offer us the juxtaposition between reality TV Spektor and real life Spektor. It all seems flat and monotone. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 29, 2014

    Of the Gold Key launch issues, "Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult" #1 impresses me the least. That's not saying this is a bad comic. It's just a comic with some flaws. Hopefully the flaws are just the result of first issue storming and norming and the second issue will be more inline with expectations. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Jun 3, 2014

    Overall the book left plenty of interesting questions to be answered and set up what will hopefully be a fun ride. Though not as strong a start as the other characters in this apparent shared Gold Key universe, it did enough to bring me back next month. It was an OK start to a promising series and I'm hoping to see the payout of the seeds planted here in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 28, 2014

    All in all, though, it's an interesting first issue for the fourth of the Gold Key Heroes, even if it's the least interesting to me. Doctor Spektor has never been a major player, and has not (to my memory) been revamped before in the previous Solar/Magnus revamps, but that means that he has the most potential, and Mark Waid is the man to bring it such an odd concept to life. Unfortunately, Doctor Spektor: Master Of The Occult #1 is hurt by the odd coloring and some indistinct art, with a small enough sampling of story that I'm a little confused as to what the focus of the book is going to be, earning a slightly disappointed 3 out of 5 stars overall. I'm willing to stick with the book thanks to Waid, whom I trust implicitly, but I'm hoping that Adam Spektor turns the corner out of jerkassville sooner rather than later… Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski May 29, 2014

    “Doctor Spektor” #1 deserves a browse on the strength and goodwill of its creative team, but there are a lot of books, both past and present, that hit all of these exact notes and do a better job of it. Mark Waid is a relaunch guru, but a lot of his typically “money” sequences that are fit for first issues just don't hit home here. Neil Edwards is a talented artist to boot, but both the plot and the art really lose themselves in the issue's second half. Going forward, “Doctor Spektor” would benefit from a little more clarity of a vision and more personality. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton May 27, 2014

    I wish I could get excited and be entertained by these comics. Unfortunately all they've made me want to do is pick up the old issues they're trying to bring back to life. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm May 28, 2014

    With no real charisma, no genuine scares, nor any comedic upswing to balance the rest, this concept falls terribly flat at its first issue. I couldn't help but think of Image Comic's far superior Witch Doctor series that has all the elements of fun. That would be a preferable read over this troubled story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Jeffrey May 28, 2014

    OVERALL:Dr. Spektor feels uninspired and a bit bland.  I got the impression that creative team found the character slightly boring too.  With character relaunches sometimes it's important to stop and question what makes the character interesting as compared to it's more successful peers.  When you call yourself Doctor ‘anything' you'd best be ready to bring your A-game.  Dr. Spektor is a poor ‘relaunch' for a character being lauded as such a huge part of Gold Key.  Ultimately this issue an example of a company attaching big names to a project without really having any heart behind it.  Pass. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 17, 2014

    An unlikable mess. Avoid. Read Full Review

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