GLX reviews Mystery Society #1.
Created by Steve Niles and Ashley Wood
Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Fiona Staples
To be honest, I never heard of Mystery Society until just recently. I was just flipping through a copy of CSN one day when I read a piece on the comic. It looked like it could be a kick ass comic. Weeks later, the first issue hit the stands and I bought it on sight.
Nick Hammond, co-leader of The Mystery Society, is getting ready to spend his first day in jail. Before he goes in the slammer, he deals with the media. He tells the media about when the Society's troubles started. It was a mission down at Area 51.....
The writing in Mystery Society is fun. Nick and Anastasia's relationship is entertaining and believable. The concept of an odd couple getting rich and using their wealth to go on crazy adventures is tight. Steve Niles expands upon the concept by adding cool beings within the tale. A mysterious figure with a skull mask, an old (yet gutsy) general and the figures that Nick tries to reach on this issue's mission liven up the comic.
Fiona Staples' art is something that would be seen within the pages of a typical Big 2 comic. Nonetheless, she brings a unique flavor to the comic. I don't know if Ashley Wood was originally going to be the artist of this project, but Staples' art has a similar vibe to some of his work. Her color choices are interesting and they compliment her figures well.
Mystery Society #1 was what I had hoped that it would be - fun and engaging. Even though the last page lacks a kick to it, there's enough in this issue to get me excited about the next issue. This comic stands out from the crowd and is definitely worth the $4 price tag.
8.1* out of 10*
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