- Posted by Johanna on May 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm
- Category: Indy Comic Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Steve Niles; art by Fiona Staples
- PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing; $3.99 US
Out today is Mystery Society #1, starting a new five-issue miniseries from IDW. If you liked Midnight, Mass. or similar spooky stories with a playful couple of investigators, this is the latest incarnation, but with a modern twist, since the couple are messing with conspiracy theories and high-tech gadgets.
As with so many new titles, the concept for this one is movie-ready. Heck, the first action sequence, with Nick Hammond breaking into Area 51 to free a couple of girls with unusual abilities, is reminiscent of Mission Impossible and Chuck. I was actually disappointed that so much of this issue was taken up with breaking in and fighting. I know it gave the artist something active to draw while the characters were talking exposition at each other, but I wanted to see the two leads interact, instead of simply being told how much they loved each other. Not having them in a room together at any time during this first issue means we’re being told more than we’re shown.
Nick and wife Anastasia run the Mystery Society. We don’t know yet who’s involved beyond them, but the following issues promise to assemble the players and give them something big to fight. The framing sequence, with Nick being sent to jail, where he immediately starts reminiscing about how he got there to reporters, both promises hints of what’s to come and reminds me of certain 40s movies where most of the film was a flashback. Even Nick’s mustache is Errol Flynn-like.
It’s a shame that the main cover, by concept co-creator Ashley Wood (the scratchy greyish one), is so unattractive compared to the retailer incentive cover (the brighter couple one) by interior artist Fiona Staples (who has previously drawn North 40, among other things).