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We-view Wednesday – Magicians & Matthau

Posted in We-view Wednesday with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

I’m not psychic myself.” –Dionne Warwick

mysterius-previewI admit that when it comes to psychics and séances I am a complete skeptic and frankly, I think that magic is waste of time. However, when I saw the preview of Wildstorm’s Mysterius: The Unfathomable and the character who reminded me of Walter Matthau in a lecherous situation with his secretary, I had no idea that the story line revolved around magic and psychics. I was just attracted to the artwork and I immediately put it on my list and looked forward to reading the first installment.

This comic is one that I hope to continues well past its six issue run because of its quirky, overly exaggerated characters and mostly monochromatic artwork by Tom Fowler and the Jeff Parker story line that is fun and never bland.

Séances were all the rage in the 1920s, but they are now looked upon as a way to bilk money out of lonely and grieving family members and that is how it is viewed by Ella, a “journalist” for The Lurker magazine. Ella attends a séance initiated by a rich playboy, in The City, with the propose of reporting the scam, but what happens is she ends up “looking into” Mysterius the Great of the aged magician and becoming his assistant because of her abilities.

To the title character, Mysterius, his magic world is the only world. Magic is the everyday and he uses it to satisfy the needs of his life—getting back at his assistant for her behaviour, dealing with Ella’s job at the magazine and her boss, and even traveling from place to place.

While I am not certain if I like Mysterius, I do like the spunky Ella and I look forward to the relationship that will be built between the two of them.

I give this 4.5 PRADAs for the fun.