‘Mystery Society:’ Advance Hardcover Review

I enjoy a good conspiracy theory as much as anyone who watched The X-Files back when it was really popular, and everyone knows just how much I like contemporary science fiction and fantasy adventures, but there are times when there is too much clichéd usage in the storytelling to make them truly favorable.  I want a story that will really hold my attention, keep it throughout the dissemination of information, right up until the climatic end, and I really, really don’t like things to be predictable.  I was excited to give this series a shot, but I’m fairly disappointed in a lot of what I’ve read.



Nick Mystery, the more visible half of the husband-and-wife team that brought about the Mystery Society, is being taken to jail on a variety of charges with a full media show present to watch and question.  During the showboating walk of shame, Nick begins to tell how the Mystery Society came together, leading to a flashback beginning with the man of Mystery breaking into the most secretly secure military base in the United States, and culminating with the Society in full swing trying to rescue him.  While this seems as though the whole story would have taken place over the course of weeks, months, or even years, it all happened in just a few days, marking the trouble that Nick has found himself in part of what makes the Society so interesting to the press . . . and the world.  In the end, things fall back into a semi-normal rhythm, and the Mystery Society continues onward in their quest to expose the truth and debunk the lies that have plagued the world for years.


As I mentioned, the storytelling of the comic was not that impressive in my opinion, full of clichés and predictable outcomes.  I’ve also noticed a few problems concerning minor things, such as the caller ID on a cell phone, but what really grabbed my attention is the fact that for being a secret society (or just a secret husband-and-wife team in the beginning), there are a lot of people who know about them.  Add to that the fact that, for an origin story of a team, there isn’t a whole lot to really look into given how young the Society really is.  There was no need for this to be a flashback, since it all happened within a few days; the only reason there was a flashback was to make it seem as though the group was more important than it really was, and it seemed more as filler than actual plot devices.

While the storytelling elements of the comic aren’t what I’d call sharp, the artwork most certainly is.  Fiona Staples does superb work in the character designs and the somewhat gritty—but not too gritty—style that gives a bit of a shout out to the old pulp fiction era of science fiction and comic books.  If for no other reason, I would suggest reading this title for the fabulous visual display of some of the characters and interactions.  It, once again, made me wish I had the talents to be a visual artist.

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