"Ex Occultus: Seal of Solomon" sees arcane adventurers Francis Wakefield and his sidekick Hollander traveling to Bulgaria, circa 1874. They meet a man named Marko Savanovic, who hires them to track down a ring that was believed to belong to King Solomon, and which possesses the ability to control demons (for those that know how to wield it). Wakefield and Hollander track down the antiques dealer that is currently in possession of the ring, and it seems that he’s begun to tap into the ring’s power. They have to contain the situation, try to get the ring, and then figure out what to do with it.
This series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Writer Robert James Russell combines the occult lore, relic hunting and monster fighting aspects of the book well.
The fact that the "Seal of Solomon" is taken directly from Christian legends lends a feel of authenticity to the book. Artist James Emmet captures the dark tone of the story, and his use of color in this issue helps punctuate certain parts of the action and the world.
"Seal of Solomon" is a great "one and done" story, and another solid chapter in the "Ex Occultus" series.
[4 of 5 Stars!]