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Crack The Spine: Books To Watch - 'Mysterius, The Unfathomable'

Posted March 16, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

Crack The Spine: Books To Watch - 'Mysterius, The Unfathomable'Nerds, these are bleak times in comics. Most geeks are either trying to survive the Dark Reign or dealing with the fallout of the Infinite Crisis. However, over at Wildstorm someone's having a good, carefree time and his name is Mysterius, the Unfathomable.

The star of the new comic of the same name is a genuine sorcerer who has walked through history having wild, magical adventures in this world and beyond, all while posing as a dimestore illusionist and flimflam artist  (along with his ever changing roster of assistants). He keeps himself in snake oil and fairy dust by helping wealthy clients deal with their irksome paranormal problems and there seems to be no shortage of them.

This is the kind of comic you hope goes on for a million issues, because there are just so many possibilities and you know that writer, Jeff Parker and artist, Tom Fowler (whose work here definitely takes a cue from the art styling of MAD Magazine) won't disappoint. In the first two issues alone we see Mysterius botch a seance (leaving his benefactor in Hell), spend some time living it up with a Satanic sex cult and fight a coven of raunchy witches. It's scary, evil stuff that's treated with an air of whimsy. Time and again the licentious magic man walks into and out of the most dangerous, bizarre situations imaginable and behaves as if it were no more unusual or lethal than shopping for groceries. The world, maybe the entire universe is his playground and all he wants to do is get by and get laid, and he does.

Reading it will make you feel the same sense of wonder you did the first time you saw Peter Pan as a child, it's that good. How many monthly comics can you say that about? Plus, you'll get to see hot chicks in compromising situations every issue. Pick up Mysterius, the Unfathomable now before everyone else gets wind and all the copies magically disappear from retailer shelves.

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