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Mysterius Paperback – March 23, 2010

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*Starred Review* Alternative-weekly reporter Ella Tamblyn has become the new Delfi, personal assistant to the Great Mysterius, a conjurer who’s the real deal. He’s many, many decades old. His astral body, or whatever, actually goes to hell, whose denizens sometimes return the favor, thanks to pesky Satanists. Ella was covering a high-society séance led by Mysterius. The host became semicatatonic when a skeptic broke the circle of held hands. Since she saw what Mysterius saw in hell, he knows she’s his new girl Friday and, with a little sorcerous legerdemain, secures the arrangement. Right away they have two cases to resolve: the séance host’s and that of a witch-cursed, whoremongering billionaire. By the end of the book, they, at least, are sitting pretty, and the trip has been one, indeed. Full of incident, wisecracks, tongue-in-cheek sentimental climaxes, and scary-silly ectoplasmic critters, Parker’s script may be better than those of the last yea-many fantasy FX flickers put together. Fowler draws as if he were channeling Al Capp and Jack Davis, making the women zaftig; giving any man who doesn’t have to be fit, including Mysterius, a big red nose and the gut to go with it; and souping up the action with a loopy hyperkineticism worthy of Sam Kieth (The Maxx) and Peter Bagge (The Bradleys). --Ray Olson

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401226701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401226701
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of those weird hyperkinetic books that keeps moving with plots and counterplots pushing the action forward and mysteries involving evil grandmothers, children's books that double as gateways to hell and a psychotic wizard who is using the Burning Man gathering as a gambit for immortality.

Of course, the main character is usually what sells these stories and the Sherlock Holmes/Dr Watson angle works well with a reporter from a alternative weekly finding the eccentric title character at a seance. Before she can get back to her publisher, he's ruined that job for her and hired her as his assistant. Drunk, incorrigible and doling out information in small doses, Mysterius is one of the craziest takes on the Sherlock Holmes characters in years. And his Moriarty is truly worthy of that title.

It's not the deepest book in the world and you forget most of it after you've finished but it's a great read nonetheless.
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By A.C.K. on May 18, 2013
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I am a big fan of Tom Fowler's art - expressive and exaggerated, he does a wonderful job depicting the overblown and cartoony personalities that Jeff Parker creates. I laughed out loud several times, and will definitely keep this book around for future re-reading. The coloring is also vibrant, and in general, it's a bright and fun read, the kind that can pick your mood up.
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