Thursday, June 16, 2011
A Solid Start--Mystery Men #1
Marvel promoted this in a cagey-manner, using "classified" solicits and otherwise being secretive for what is pretty much just a neat little pulp-style romp set in the normal Marvel Universe before the era of heroes began. It's definitely worth reading, however.
I really liked this. We get some all-new characters, as Marvel doesn't really actually have any pulp characters, (The Angel, maybe?) and we have the classic tropes of the depression, evil mystical monsters, and some twists on the usual pulp story-type by having a man of color as one of the main characters. You see, back in the 1930s when actual tales like this came out it was all white guys and the only time you saw minorities was as the stereotypical side-kick or a villain (a cliche evil Asian fighting our "proud Western hero" during the quote un quote Yellow Scare). This will introduce some intriguing story possibilities.
4 out of 5 stars.