Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird (Marvel)
Written by Brandon Seifert, drawn by Karl Moline with Filipe Andrade
Collects Disney Kingdoms: Seekers Of The Weird #1-5
Disney Kingdoms: Seekers Of The Weird is a book I was interested in for several reasons. First, I’d interviewed the writer Brandon Seifert a number of times. Second, my family loves Disney and third, it just sounded rad.
Back in 2011 I interviewed Brandon Seifert for CBR about his Image book Witch Doctor returning to stores. As I tend to do, I didn’t think much about the book again until a few months later I was combing through the Image releases and read what was out. Man, that’s a fun comic! It reminded me of a demented version of Doctor Who with a more magical leaning (many compare it to House, but I’ve never watched that show).
Anyway, I was psyched to later see him get a job writing the Doctor Who comic and jumped at the chance to interview him for Marvel.com in 2013 for the Seekers Of The Weird book which is part of Marvel’s exploration of Disney rides and attractions through comics. As it happens, my family belongs to the Disney Vacation Club so we’re fairly familiar with the place. One of my favorite attractions is the Haunted Mansion (I don’t like roller coasters), so I was even more interested when I heard that the Museum of the Weird was a planned add-on to the original attraction in Disneyland that never came to happen because of Walt Disney’s passing.
Seifert and Karl Moline were actually able to work with Rolly Crump, the Imagineer who developed the attraction to build this story around high school siblings Melody and Maxwell who soon discover that supernatural forces truly exist when their parents get kidnapped and their uncle Roland appears fighting monsters. From there, they learn the truth about a group called The Wardens that collects supernatural objects and puts them in the Museum so they can’t hurt the world at large. At the same time, they aim to save their parents even if it might threaten humanity at large.
Melody and Max are delightful protagonists. I’m sick of the always-fighting-siblings thing, and this is far from that. These kids love each other, even though they get on each others’ nerves. They also balance each other well as they go on this journey that includes a sentient living room, a bird-legged villainess and a unicorn made out of plants all of which are beautifully drafted by Moline (who also killed it on Buffy) and fill-in artist Andrade. It’s fantastic seeing Melody and her ever-present lacrosse stick taking on all manner of monster.
Supernatural and fantasy are far from my genre strong suits, but it still felt like when the story was leading to something expected, there was a turn that lead into a different direction. I’m always a fan of that, so I’m definitely down with this book and hope there are more in the works because it’s a lot of fun.