Graphic Novel: Mystery Society

October 19, 2012

I was drawn to Mystery Society by the gorgeous art, but the premise looked promising too.  Nick Mystery and Anastasia Collins are a wealthy couple who’ve dedicated themselves to  investigating the paranormal, kind of a Thin Man meets The X-Files set-up.  The story involves them building a superteam to help them in their work, while running afoul of government military thugs looking to cover up the mysteries they want to solve.

Mystery Society has a breezy style, good characters, and a brisk energy to it, but in the end I preferred the idea to the execution.  Alas, the script isn’t as clever as it thinks it is, and I found the plot slapdash.  On the other hand it is inventive and upbeat, which is refreshing.  And Fiona Staples’ artwork is awesome; it held my interest even when the words did not.  It’s worth a read, particularly for its unique, polished look, but I was hoping for a little more.

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