The GeeksverseMystery Men #1

Mystery Men #1
Published on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 by

Written by: David Liss
Art by: Patrick Zircher
Colored by: Andy Troy
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Patrick Zircher w/ Andy Troy
Assistant Editors: Rachel Pinnelas & John Denning
Editor: Bill Rosemann

I’m a big continuity guy, so my biggest concern with this series was where it was going to fit into the Marvel history and how it was going to fit in. What was going to be the end explanation for why no one knows about these characters? And how does it connect with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Brubaker/Epting’s ‘The Marvels Project’? Also, does that old series done by John Byrne still exist or was that retconned out?

It’s too early to tell how this fits into the MU, so have to look at it as a stand alone story, with no connections to the Marvel Universe, especially since the first issue doesn’t off any anyways. There are no relationships or mentions of anything or anyone that would connect to the future MU. So essentially this is a pulp-era story. It’s, at this point, stand alone.

Liss nails the speech and feel of the time. It’s depression-era America and Liss delivers that. The characters feel like they would if from that era. They talk right and they act right. On that aspect, which is important, Liss hits it out of the park.

He doesn’t do as good a job on delivering the story though. There’s alot going on, it almost feels like too much. Everything will eventually come together, but for a first issue there’s a meandering quality to it. That Piper becomes the patsy doesn’t stand up. There’s nothing prior to make it believable. It comes across as a pure story moved, done just to move the story to the next point and it’s not done naturally.

It’s set-up like a mystery, and it reads that way. And in that regards it’s not bad. Aside from the forced feel of Piper being a suspect, the rest of the story is okay. The part with the General feels tacked on, like it’s trying to give a local story a broader coverage. I’m sure it’ll make sense later, but it seems out of place right now.

I’ve always been a big Zircher fan since his New Warrior days and he’s grown as an artist since then. His work on this book is dynamite. The characters look right. The world looks right. He gets the details right. Even the costumes look like they belong in the 30s.

His work is top notch and it’s a great looking book.

Mystery Men #1 receives
4 out of 5

The story is decent to give the second issue a try and the art is dynamite.

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