Story: Dean Motter
Art: Dean Motter
What They Say:
The third issue of Mister X: Razed, by legendary comics creator Dean Motter, is here! In the retrofuturistic metropolis of Radiant City, its mysterious creator, Mister X, is trapped in a dangerous illusion that once broke a master magician, and a zombie invasion threatens the city!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After a really enjoyable first issue, the second installment of this Mister X series felt largely the same, though I was disappointed that it was broken in half to give us two different stories. With the structure of it, one of them comes to a close here while the other will finish off in the final issue that comes next. Unfortunately, because of this structural breakdown, it makes both stories harder to get into this time around because of the monthly format and simply the break between installments. Rose’s story draws to a good close here, but it takes a bit to reconnect with it before you’re back on track for the ending. With Mister X’s story, that’s even harder to reconnect with between issues, especially if you read a lot like I do and have so many stories floating around in your head.
The first story is one that’s certainly interesting overall as we get Helmholtz working with Mister X in order to figure out more of the past in an effort to secure the mayorship in the present. The idea of rebuilding and moving forward has to be a big part of living in Radiant City with how many odd and unusual things have happened here over the years, and that past is constantly having an impact on the present. There are a lot of little clues that come into play here, especially with its look at the Ninth Academy group and how they’re still strong players in the world in different ways, living and dead, but we also see other connections surfacing from those that knew that that was an unknown for the aspiring mayor. There’s a very creepy and eerie feeling about it all, especially with the coloring, and I do like that we get Mister X separated and he ends up in a dangerous spot – to be continued, of course.
Rosetta’s story is more accessible here simply because it’s more straightforward. With her off investigating what’s going on with the zombie story, we see the truth revealed relatively quickly of how it was all played out and those that are orchestrating it. The best scams are the ones pulled right in front of your eyes because you don’t actually get to see it. Rose ends up lucking out in a way simply because she sees it and pushes her investigation forward from there, but what I liked was that we got a lot of it form Menlo’s point of view through his journal, which in the end adds to the creepiness factor of how the zombies were put together since he could have ended up one just as easily. It’s a solid little side overall that lets Rose have her time in the sun, and potentially get closer to figuring out Mister X in a rather sideways kind of way, but that’s all just too easy in the end…
Frustrating as the structure of the series can be in some ways, there’s still some very good stories here. Stories that I think will read better when in trade or when all four issues are out and you can sink your teeth into them better. Because of the nature of them with the mood and tone set, the breaks between issues can be frustrating. But when you read straight through, you just want more of it and feel like you’ve got something really engaging to deal with. The main story here with Mister X is more setup for the finale next time around, but it’s well balanced by Rosetta’s story which has a kind of almost campy feeling about it with the zombies, but plays it in a light way that lets it have some weight without turning into a horror story. Though there is a strong element of horror of a kind to it. Very good stuff all around that’s beautifully told with the extensive dialogue and narration as well as the fantastic color design applied to the artwork as a whole.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 22nd, 2015