obergeistImage Comics
2000

During World War II, Dr. Jurgen Steinholtz is a Nazi death camp scientist conducting experiments on inmates suspected of psychic abilities in hopes of developing a sort of “super soldier” to win the war against the Allies. On one fateful night, Steinholtz has a turn of heart concerning the morality of what he’s doing (after having all the pain and suffering of the Jewish people embedded in him by his subject), and is subsequently killed for turning against the Nazis. After languishing for centuries in a mass grave, Steinholtz is resurrected by a couple of angels to stop the rise of a new Nazi nation in America in the middle of the 22nd Century. Joining up with a couple of undergound freedom fighters and discovering he wields some amazing and powerful mojo, Steinholtz is still tormented by the voices of the ones he killed before. Oh, and it seems that the forces that brought him back to life aren’t as benevolent as once seemed…

For a horror-based comic mini series, Obergeist came and went without much fanfare, but those who discovered it were taken in by the very complex and involving story of Jurgen Steinholtz and his undead displacement, the cool artwork, and the gritty feel of the series. I enjoyed it completely. The trade paperback, subtitled The Director’s Cut, includes some extra pages of artwork, pinups, and stuff from the guys involved on how they made the comic at places. Very good collection, and a must have for horror comic buffs…