Back to top

Review: Marvel Comics: Mystery Men #2 (of 5)

Posted By: chrisb
Tue, 06/21/2011 - 21:43

David Liss' enthralling tale of masked vigilantes in the economically depressed 1930's continues, giving readers slight revelations amidst even deeper depths of intrigue. Thoroughly engrossing, one finds themselves speculating as to what is truly going on, while Liss changes the game before your very eyes. New players emerge from the shadows, some to lend a hand to our on the lam heroes, while others converge on the side of evil - joining the power hungry General. By tales end, our racially divided duo has become a trio, and evil has gained a new enemy!

I cannot praise this book enough! It is a truly spectacular look back at a time when divisions between race, social status and economic responsibilities separated humanity into conveniently neat little categories. A time where crooked cops led the charge for justice, and the mere color of a persons skin could drive ones mind racing with fear, whether black or white (sounds a little too close to today don't cha think!). David Liss weaves all of these aspects into his tale, enriching every corner of his early look at the Marvel U. and making this book so much more than just another "mystery" story. 

Patrick Zircher is the linchpin that helps Liss' intriguing tale solidify in the heart of the reader. Both background and foreground are rich in detail, making one feel as if you are encapsulated within the era. From biplanes to trench coats, from stoplights to pistols - everything is pitch perfect. His pulp style designs for our Mystery Men are amalgams of classic style and new ideas, creating something fresh, yet inspired.

I wish this mini was going to be around a lot longer than just five issues. It is one of the most engaging books Marvel has put out in recent years. The characters are exciting and fully enriched, causing the reader to be instantly enthralled with them. I cannot remember the last time Marvel has put out completely new characters that have been this entertaining. Kudos to David Liss for creating something so original - yet steeped in realism!