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Product Details

  • Series: Mystery Men
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785162933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785162933
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Liss is the author six novels, most recently The Devil's Company. He has five previous bestselling novel: A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Ethical Assassin and The Whiskey Rebels. In 2008, at the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Bali, Indonesia, he was named an Artist for Integrity by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. No one is really sure why he should receive this honor or what it means, but it very possibly makes him the Bono of historical fiction. David Liss's novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and children. Visist his web site at www.davidliss.com.

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If you like heroes like the Shadow, Doc Savage and the Spider you will enjoy Mystery Men and it's heroes.
Noel Correa
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.
Michael A. Weyer
I would love for artist Patrick Zircher to again provide his clean yet moody style and his visual evocation of 1930's New York.
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Here's writer David Liss having the gall to pre-date Timely Comics and Stan Lee and upstage the iconic likes of Captain America, the Human Torch, and the Sub-Mariner. Liss's five-issue mini-series, MYSTERY MEN, would have us believe that, during the Golden Age but before the Invaders, another team of masked vigilantes went around fighting the good fight. It's a nice bit of ret-conning. I've always loved pulp heroes. Somewhere, Roy Thomas is looking to fist bump with someone.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Weyer on March 20, 2012
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A modern-day Robin Hood framed for the murder of the woman he loves. The victim's sister, a pilot who takes to the skies with a special rocket pack. A black magician falsely accused who uses his skills to fight back. A doctor who lost everything, driven to madness that makes him cut out the "cancer" of crime. A scholar who unlocks a power beyond anything he knows.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Haney on May 25, 2013
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David liss has a knack for knocking out a fun Pulp Noir title out this book is most excellent and has some of the most creative heroes I have seen in recent years!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noel Correa on November 8, 2012
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Mystery Men is written in a style which depicts the 1930s in a film noirish setting which translates well with the pulp heroes in the story. The art which uses nice clean lines and muted colors, also helps move the story along. If you like heroes like the Shadow, Doc Savage and the Spider you will enjoy Mystery Men and it's heroes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on June 12, 2012
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All I care to say is that this comic was a heck of a read! It is awesome to see the Marvel Universe at such an early time. If you like sweet action with a noir like edge, I say pick it up!!! You will not regret it!
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