Mythic TPB

Science is a lie, an opiate for the masses. The truth is, magic makes the world go ’round. And when magic breaks, MYTHIC fixes it. Apache shaman Waterson, Greek immortal Cassandra, and cell phone salesman Nate Jayadarma are the crack field team assigned with keeping the gears of the supernatural world turning, and more importantly, keeping you from ever knowing about it.

Join Eisner nominee PHIL HESTER (Green Arrow, The Coffin) and Eisner winner JOHN McCREA (Hitman, The Boys) on their latest expedition to the dark heart of weird comics.

This book starts out with Jay being “recruited” by the team, and when I say recruited, I mean that he is almost killed by a pair of demons masquerading as an old woman with a problematic cell phone.  That pretty much sets the tone for the whole series.  There is very much a Men in Black on steroids vibe to Mythic that never lets up.

What you think is real, isn’t.  It’s a clever energetic romp that never gives the reader a moment to try to analyze whether any of it makes sense or not.  Each character has their own fleshed out origin that makes them iconic in their own way.  I had a great deal of fun reading this trade even though it was a bit formulaic at times.

The plot takes a bit of time to get going as it introduces a huge amount of characters just to kill them off and establish the bad guys with their nihilistic desire to undo creation. I found this tiresome, but the overall interest of the main characters didn’t let me get bored in the interim.  Also despite the borrowed nature of the story, there were still plenty of twists and turns that caught me by surprise.

Hester and McCrea’s artwork pleasantly surprised me.  I saw the team uniforms and I expected characters that I would have a hard time telling apart, but then, curveball.  The art team devoted a great deal of time to giving each character their own props to make it easy to differentiate them from one another.  The layouts were superb with large visuals and close-ups where it counted.  Jack Kirby lives on in spirit through this dynamic team.

This trade also features an introduction by Mark Millar, origin stories for key characters, an extensive cover gallery and behind the scenes production pages.

Find out more by checking out the Mythic Series Page at Image Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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