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Wilson, Lopez return the magic to Marvel Crossgen's 'Mystic'

Posted By: Wonder Worlock
Tue, 05/17/2011 - 19:02

picDon’t let the title fool you, Marvelites. This book has nothing to do with either Dr. Strange or Dr. Voodoo. But it does have to do with a third Crossgen product being re-launched by the House of Ideas.

First there was Sigil, then Ruse and now a four-issue mini-series totally revamping the mythos of -- Mystic!

Eisner Award-nominated writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Superman, Cairo) and superstar artist David Lopez (Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Catwoman) have join forces to bring you the story of two seemingly ordinary girls who find their lives turned upside down by magic; one of them will find herself responsible for saving the world and the other as her mortal enemy!

In a CBR interview, Wilson explains that “the new Mystic is about two orphan girls who live in a poor area of this beautiful city, Hyperion, which is run on aether-power technology, which is somewhere between steampunk and high-fantasy. They've secretly been teaching themselves the Noble Arts, this kind of magical technology that powers the world, which in theory only the Nobility is allowed to study. In the midst of a revolution, one of them gets plucked out of her world and gets sucked into this palace world where she gets to learn more about aether technology as the Royal Apprentice. I won't say much more than that because there's a lot of little twists and things, but that's the gist. It's a high-fantasy Mean Girls meets Les Miserable.”

Wilson said the new Mystic is a total revamp of the product, and readers of the old Crossgen mag “… probably won't recognize a whole lot from that comic in this new re-launch. The new Mystic has elements of political stuff in it, but it is not nearly as hardcore as some of my political writing has been. It's very character-driven; the emphasis is much more on the two main characters, Giselle and Genevieve, and their adventures. So it's a little more fantasy, and a little more character-driven than some of the stuff I've done before.”

The scribe said co-creating a whole new world – Mystic does not take place in the Marvel Universe –  with artist David Lopez has been wonderful. “David  … did an amazing job getting up to his elbows in creating this world and creating a look and a feel and the technology and the architecture of this city. A lot of credit is due to him for making it all hang together.”

Mystic#1 (of 4) hits stores in August!