.343. Bad Medicine, Vol.1: New Moon by Nunzio Defilippis

Bad Medicine, Vol.1: New Moon by Nunzio Defilippis & Christina Weir. Art by Christopher Mitten  (US) - (Canada)
Bad Medicine (1)

Pages: 120
Ages: 16+
Finished: Dec. 25, 2012
First Published: Feb. 12, 2013
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: graphic novel, crime, paranormal
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Tell me again ... why this is necessary?"

Publisher's Summary: "Pulled out of exile from a dark corner of the world, renowned-surgeon-turned-fringe-medicine-
eccentric Doctor Randal Horne must return to New York City to investigate a
tragic research lab accident that’s left one man dead, and inexplicably headless. Now with
the help of a distrusting NYPD detective and a team of doctors from the CDC, Horne must diagnose this and other seemingly unexplainable medical phenomenon in a world where the line between medical science and science fiction is blurry at best."

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley

Reason for Reading: I'm always on the look-out for graphic novels that fall into the crime genre!

So, this is a fun new series that I was quite pleased with.  Right from the beginning I got an X-Files vibe, which is a good thing in my book.  But there are plenty of differences that it's not just a pastiche.  Neither the man nor woman are skeptics, though the female cop starts off reluctantly.  I love that the set up is based out of the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  This fits so perfectly when investigating paranormal crimes/creatures that I'm surprised I've never come across it before. It brought back memories of a short lived TV Show a while back that I enjoyed and thought got cancelled way too soon.  This volume contains two stories, the first involves an invisble perpetrator and the second, the ever popular werewolf.  The stories aren't deep or particularly involved but they were fun and beyond run-of-the-mill, having unique qualities.  While the cases are individual stories, there are running threads with the characters and also a story arc that is being introduced to keep the whole thing cohesive.  I would certainly read more of this series in the future.