Wednesday, 30 September 2015
The Spook & Crackermeyer
One of those Eerie series that didn't seem to know what it was about, The Spook was a Zombie Ju-Ju man in the time of slavery, who protected his people from the threat of the white man with voodoo, all while wearing the slave chain he wore in life.
It was a great setup, as Doug Moench started the series, but after only a couple of stories he jumped ship, leaving The Spook a character without a clear personality or sense of direction.
Budd Lewis didn't know what to do with him either, so brought in Crackermeyer, another voodoo magician, but this one belonging to the world of the living.
Crackermeyer is a more fully rounded and likeable character, I guess more relatable than The Spook, and he acts as the reader' guide from then on.
The Spook & Crackermeyer actually feels more like a run of one-off pieces than a regular series, but each individual story is excellent, full of fascinating voodoo detail as well as being rollicking good twisted adventures. The final story, where the two are revealed to be brothers, feels crowbarred in, and it's obvious that Lewis was flying by the seat of his pants trying to make it all make sense, but as I say, taking each tale individually, this is great stuff.