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Mystery Men Hardcover – January 11, 2012
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New York, circa 1932. It is the height of the Great Depression. Racial inequity prevails. Atop the newly erected Empire State Building, a sinister conspiracy has been in the offing, with the country's most influential power brokers aligned and committed to amassing greed and power thru shady tactics. A warped General casts his illusions and sacrifices humans to strengthen a demonic fear lord. Elsewhere in the Big Apple, a masked gentleman cat burglar styling himself the Operative is doing his level best, lifting from society's elite to give to the downtrodden and oppressed. And, elsewhere, the mysterious Revenant - who is rumored to be *gasp* colored! - punches his way to justice.
When the Operative's lady love is murdered and he's framed for the deed, he opens a vicious can on them crooked cops what have been deployed to corral him. The Operative is surprised when the Revenant manifests out of thin air to lend a hand. They strike an uneasy partnership - I say "uneasy" because the Operative, though fair-minded, is still a man of his times - and they soon work their up the ladder of corruptness. The henchmen beatdowns eventually lead them to the Empire State Building.Read more ›
Five people of very different worlds, all united in a quest for both justice and revenge. This is the core of this Marvel mini-series, a wonderful throwback to the classic Golden Age of pulp novels with a great comic book air. This collection brings together a terrific story that fans of the era should more than enjoy.
Denis Piper is a cat burglar named the Operative who evens the score in the Great Depression by stealing from the rich to help the poor. When his girlfriend is murdered and he's framed for it, he goes on the run, trying to track down the General, leader of a group who use the Depression to make themselves richer. Soon, he finds himself alied with others: The Aviatrix, sister of the victim, an ace flyer; the Revenant, who uses his stage magic to become a crime-fighting specter; the Surgeon, a scarred doctor doing whatever it takes to kill crime; and Achilles, blessed but also cursed with great power. Together they face the General, who is making a bargin with dark powers to unleash a demon upon the Earth.
The story is wonderfully gritty, each hero's origin told nicely in flashbacks that make it work. The artwork by Patrick Zircher is perfect, capturing 1930's New York in vivid detail along with the action scenes. Better is David Liss who makes each character stand out wonderfully from the Operative's tough stance to how the Surgeon is basically insane but with a good humor.Read more ›
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Great art. Zircher has reached the top echelon of comic book artists with this book. The story is great. It has a nice pulpy feel.Published 19 days ago by Spidey
It's no secret that my favorite superheroes are from the Golden Age of Comics and the pulp era that preceded it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Anthony R. Cardno
I like Davis Liss his books, but I do not like this comic. Did not read it beyond the first 2 pages.Published 5 months ago by Coen
This is a vastly underrated series that introduced a group a pre-WW2, pulp-style heroes to the Marvel universe. The story and artwork are absolutely first rate.Published 7 months ago by Edward R. Bohlman
I will start off by saying I'm slightly biased as I have always been a big fan of Pulp era heroes. But Mystery Men has everything you want from a noir pulp story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J
I'm a sucker for Marvel stories set in (or connected to) the early 20th Century... and here's a really cool one to read. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Michael Hawkins