The GeeksverseMystic #1

Mystic #1
Published on Monday, August 8, 2011 by

Written by: G. Willow Wilson
Penciled by: David Lopez
Inked by: Alvaro Lopez
Colored by: Nathan Fairbairn
Lettered by: Jared K. Flectcher
Cover Art: Amanda Connor w/ Paul Mounts
Assistant Editor: Jody Leheup
Editor: Jeanine Schaefer

These new Mystic has very little to do with the original, published by Crossgen. The names of the two female characters are the same (Giselle and Genevieve) but they aren’t sisters anymore. The only other thing in common is how common-place magic is in this world, the same as the original, even if the name of the world is different.

It’s not to say that this can’t make a case to be it’s own Mystic, much like Sigil was solid enough to stand on it’s own even though it had absolutely nothing in common with it’s namesake. The world and story that Wilson sets up is interesting if a bit predictable.

The end result is known within the first couple of pages. With one girl showing such an interest in being the High Artisan’s apprentice, it’s obvious that it will end up being the other girl. Especially when Giselle shows such a negative attitude, you know she’s going to be the one that becomes the apprentice even though it’s Genevieve that wants to be.

But even being predictable the story is good. Wilson does a good job of keeping it light. It could have been very dreary, but even at it’s darkest, there’s still a lightness and fun quality to the overall story. His characterization is strong, each character having a distinct and strong personality. Genevieve is just a little too naive and hopeful though. A little too cheerful. It sets up her direction obviously as well. Feeling rejected she’ll find a darker path.

It was an enjoyable read even though some of the story is predictable. Much is helped by the art. I enjoyed Lopez’s work on Hawkeye and Mockingbird, but here he really has a chance to shine and show what he can do. This book is perfectly tailored to his strengths it seems, or he to it’s. The only thing missing is seeing magic being used, and how it’s depicted. But the rest is well done.

Mystic #1 receives
4 out of 5

Although predictable, the story is very enjoyable.

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