Posted on: October 5th, 2011 REVIEW: Mystic #3
I love animation. Cartoons are such a large part of my entertainment selection. And, like so many of you, Disney Animation basically structured my childhood. I believed in my dreams, thought animals could be your best friends, believed in magic, and sang at the drop of a hat. Not going to lie to you, I still do that last one. Honestly, when I watch Disney animated movies to this day, all of those points still ring true. So imagine my delight when I found a comic book that generated the same feelings.
Mystic is a CrossGen title that has all the elements of a animated classic. And from what I understand, this new title is not like the original book at all. Giselle and Genevieve are teenage orphan girls that are best friends. Genevieve is a romantic dreamer, Giselle has a rougher, more impulsive demeanor. Living in poverty, they manage to sneak away daily to study the Noble Arts (which, from the name, you can gather is restricted to the more affluent crowd). Through a series of strange events, Giselle is taken on as one of several apprentices to master the magical Noble arts. Genevieve is left behind. Both want to change the world, they’re just going to go about it in very different ways.
Okay, no talking animals. Plus, there’s a whole lot of wizarding world influence. Both points are awesome in my mind. More often than not, my animated movies are high in cute and sadly lacking in kicking-ass. Whereas the movie would focus on the transformation of raggamuffin to highfalutin’ lady, this comic spends more time in the classroom and on the streets. We’re not really moping or pining, we’re taking action. I guess G. WIllow Wilson can do that when she isn’t tailoring the story to the 7-12 year old adolescent girl demographic.
I actually picked up the first issue originally for Amanda Conner’s covers. But then I saw the interior. David Lopez’s art certainly adds fuel to my cartoon comparison fire. These panels are just so bright and happy. It’s perfect though: from the over exaggerated differences in the apprentices to the sparkles in the mystical elements. There’s life in the art. There’s a reason I read it as if I were watching an animated film. I just keep turning the page waiting for that song and dance number.
I’d recommend this title to Disney fans, to Harry Potter fans, fans of revolution in general, and to people that complain about the lack of strong female characters in comics. Obviously, these titles do exist. I cannot speak as to the original Mystic from CrossGen, but this new take is worth your time. This is just an awesome book about two girls that are fighting to save the world with fists and knowledge! Yeah that’s how I’m wrapping it up. Fists and knowledge.