MS. MYSTIC #1
(Cover by Neal Adams)
Published by PC and © by Neal Adams, Oct. 1982
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Synopsis: The Science Investigation Agency accidentally opens an interdimensional rift, gaining a powerful ally who can help protect the environment.
Writer: Neal Adams
Art assistance: Michael Nasser
Review: Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ classic Green Lantern run could be heavy handed, but those comics are masterpieces of subtlety compared to this one. The environmental message here is ham-fisted, but any book with Adams on pencils has potential. It will be interesting to see how this series develops.
“From the Tales of Zed: Rescue Rhapsody”
Synopsis: A piper tries to save a fairy from an ogre-like creature, but ends up captured himself.
Writer: Chris Miller
Review: Chris Miller’s rendering and visual storytelling are very advanced, but the dialogue-free story offers little reason to return for more.
Grade (for the whole issue): B
Second opinions: “I remember buying Ms. Mystic #1 when it first came out — because it was by Neal friggin’ Adams for crying out loud — but not being all that impressed, unfortunately.” — Jim Kingman, Comics Effect. … “… a load of New Age nonsense …” — The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Cool factor: Neal Adams doing a creator-owned superheroine book.
Not-so-cool factor: The general clunkiness of the story.
Character quotable: “As a vessel of the Earth’s revenge, I assault your abominable outer crust … to expose your disease-ridden insides …” — Ms. Mystic, mistress of words.
A word from the editor director: “We believe that Ms. Mystic #1 is one of the most collectible comics to come along all year.” — David Scroggy, in an “Editorial News” column in this issue.