Over a decade later creator, writer and illustrator Mike Wolfer decided he wanted to return to the character he’d created years earlier. This version of The Curse of Ragdoll is different though unnecessary explicit scenes ,which got in the way of the narrative, have been excised and the story has been reworked to incorporate 17 all new pages and a brand new ending. The cost of producing this new edition was covered by a successful crowdfunding campaign.
The Curse of Ragdoll is heavily influenced by classic pulp horror comics like Tales From The Crypt and The Vault Of Horror and it isn’t for the squeamish or the easily offended. The story itself has a framing narrative, which features geologist Peter Wyndham on an expedition in the mountains of 18th century Romania. Trapped by a vicious storm and abandoned by his guides he makes shelter in an icy cave. Whilst sheltering from the raging storm he finds the pages of an old journal, it’s the words written on the pages of this journal that form the basis for much of the story.
Ragdoll, the protagonist of the story, is a mix of avenging spirit and Frankenstein’s Monster. She is made from a patch work of body parts, body parts which belonged to murdered women and it’s the story of these women that makes up the bulk of the narrative via flashbacks. Ragdoll then seeks out the transgressors punishing them for their crimes.
The trail of bodies left in Ragdoll’s wake are being investigated by Inspector Pike and Sergeant Claus, the pair obviously inspired by the classic literary team up of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson with Pike being the more deductive of the two and also sporting some classic one liners.
The anthology origins of the story are indicated by the episodic nature of the narrative which is split into 7 chapters. Whilst the explicit material has been jettisoned this still very much an adults only story not only does it feature several classic monsters with werewolves and vampires appearing it also packs in some nunsploitation for good measure along with plenty of entrails and viscera. This approach gives the whole thing a cult B movie tone. Wolfer’s grey toned black & white art adds to the Hammer/ B movie vibe of the story as events unfold.
The Curse of Ragdoll is the first book to feature the character with Wolfer planning on a follow up with the distinctly Hammer style name of “Orgy of the Vampires”. As a precursor to that book though Wolfer is currently crowdfunding a one shot comic featuring notorious vampire Countess Bathory.