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Ms. Mystic #1

(Cover by Neal Adams)
Published by PC and © by Neal Adams, Oct. 1982
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“Ms Mystic”

Synopsis: The Science Investigation Agency accidentally opens an interdimensional rift, gaining a powerful ally who can help protect the environment.

Writer: Neal Adams
Artist: 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
Penciler: Miller
Inker: 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.

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7 comments to Ms. Mystic #1

  • Dale

    I’m about to do this one in Comics in the 80s

  • Edo Bosnar

    I was really excited by all of those new creator-driven titles put out by Pacific, and most of them, like Captain Victory, Starslayer or Rocketeer, were pretty good (at least initially), but this one really bombed. As much as I loved Adams’ art, even when I first read it, at about the age of 13, I remember thinking, “that kind of sucked.” It also didn’t help that it took almost a year and half for the second issue to come out (which I never even bother buying…)

  • It will be interesting to see how this series develops.

    If it ever does, be sure and let me know. 30 years later, I’m still waiting.

  • Dale: Make sure to add a link here when your piece goes live!

    Edo: Yeah, I still haven’t bought #2 yet, either. I’ll pick it up cheap at a convention, though, as I want to review it here.

    David: Heh. Yeah, call me an optimist. I’m hoping that #2 — and the later Continuity issues — are better. Until I actually read them, I can dare to dream!

    Cheers, all,

  • Dale

    Dale: Make sure to add a link here when your piece goes live!

    will do, everyone else can just join “Comics in the 80s” on Facebook.

    I bought the Continuity books just for the Neal Adams art, the stories were not very interesting and most books took an eternity for 2′nd or even 3rd issues to come out, then you had other guys doing their best Neal Adams imitation on art in latter issues and failing miserably

  • kcekada

    I seem to recall Comics Scene stating that Ms. Mystic #1 sold around 1,000,000 copies. Can you imagine?

    As a writer, well, Adams makes a great artist. Really, he has no business writing comics. Can’t believe DC is currently letting him crap all over Batman with a ludicrous 12-part series — in spiteof the art being pretty good.

    In the 80s, though, he was still at the top of his game artistically –as the cover above will attest.

    Of course, it took over a year for the second issue to be published. Even longer for the third. And if you though the first issue was bad, the series only got worse as it advanced. Of course, when it was revived by Contiuity it was in good company — of more horribly-written, but pretty comics.

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