Most of The Peregrine’s enemies are of the done-in-one variety: they pop up, bedevil our hero and then get killed. The Warlike Manchu is really the biggest exception to that, though The Peregrine has also clashed with Doctor Satan on multiple occasions.
But what about the deadly Doctor York? Why doesn’t this bad guy get the credit he deserves as one of The Peregrine’s archfoes?
Who’s that, you say? You’ve read all of The Peregrine Chronicles and aren’t familiar with Doctor York?
That’s because he’s faced The Peregrine multiple times but never done so in prose (at least, not yet!).
York first appeared in All-Star Pulp Comics (2011) # 1, in a story written by me and drawn by by Craig Wilson. Set during The Peregrine’s days in Boston (1933), this tale introduces us to our would-be master villain. York is a former scientist that is now in service to the Elder Gods. His body is the receptacle for dark energies that have have the unfortunate side-effect of altering his appearance. His brain now floats in a clear glass dome above his torso… York has plans to sacrifice the daughter of one of The Peregrine’s friends but our hero manages to foil the scheme and York is dragged off to the nether-realms by his angry masters.
Case closed, right?
York returned in The Peregrine Animated Script that was published in Tales of The Rook Volume Two (2014) and which will be reprinted in The Peregrine Omnibus Volume Three (coming soon). In this story (set somewhere in the 1936-1937 period), York has managed to acquire the body of Princess Femi, the immortal enemy of Lazarus Gray. York revives her in hopes that she’ll aid him in destroying The Peregrine but once again he is dispatched back to Hell. How did he survive his prior defeat? We’re told that York was persuasive enough to convince the Elder Gods that he deserved a second chance. Who knows if they’ll be as understanding after yet another loss.
I originally created York because in both the comic book and proposed animated adventure, I wanted someone with a really strong visual. He turned out to be quite fun and I plan to bring him back down the road. Until then, he has the distinction of being the one Peregrine villain who has yet to headline a prose adventure.