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Mystery Men Hardcover – January 11, 2012

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David Liss is the author seven novels, most recently The Twelfth Enchantment. He has six previous bestselling novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I saw this book offered on Amazon and it looked interesting, so I got it from my library. Once I got it, I couldn't put it down. I must have re-read it at least 10 times before it was due back. This is a really good premise, and the fact that all the characters are new,and not from a pre-existing comic was really neat. I read a similar book from D.C. and was not impressedby it as I was by MYSTERY MEN.
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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. A shadowy cabal of wealthy elite are seemingly involved in something dire and diabolical (involving child abduction)... that in the end brings together a very motley collection of would-be heroes.

And what a really neat cast of characters we have here, one big amalgamation of various pulp novel character concepts mixed/inter-mixed together to make some pretty memorable characters. The Arsene Lupin-esque 'rob from the rich to give to the poor' thief hero called 'The Operative'. The Rocketeer-esque (by way of Amelia Earhart) tech-head heroine 'the Aviatrix'. The mysterious escape artist/illusionist (and African American) "The Revenant". The mystical-artifact holding (Captain Marvel-esque) and superpowered (yet with Marvel 'tragedies and issues') 'Achilles'. And then there's the violent mentally unhinged Shadow/Spider-esque vigilante... the Surgeon. He's the one you'll remember from this.

There's little nods to the Marvel Universe here and there (one of the children kidnapped is a Stark, Baron Heinrich Zemo appears, and the main villain is an old foe of Dr. Strange... and one of the 'Fear Lords', etc.) that serves to enrich a really well-developed story that hopefully will lead to more stories somewhere down the road.

The only issue some might have is that one of the children taken is Charles Lindbergh's son... and ties into the very infamous kidnapping case.
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