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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 ›
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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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 7 months 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 7 months 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 11 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 14 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 23 months ago by J
Going by the cover, I had thought that this was looking to be quite a good read, as the genre was golden-age pulp books heroes-oriented. Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by danny boy
So at first this graphic novel seemed unappealing, because it shared the same title as a certain cult super hero film with Ben Stiller. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Paula Solorzano
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!!Published on May 25, 2013 by Christopher Haney