Review: Mythic, Volume 1 (Mythic #1-8), by Phil Hester, John McCrea

July 16, 2016 Review 0

Review: Mythic, Volume 1 (Mythic #1-8), by Phil Hester, John McCreaMythic Volume 1 by John McCrea, Phil Hester
Published by Image Comics on June 28th 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kim
3 Stars

Science is a lie, an opiate for the masses. The truth is, magic makes the world go 'round. And when magic breaks, MYTHIC fixes it. Apache shaman Waterson, Greek immortal Cassandra, and cell phone salesman Nate Jayadarma are the crack field team assigned with keeping the gears of the supernatural world turning, and more importantly, keeping you from ever knowing about it.

The best part of MYTHIC, VOLUME 1 was the prologue; the rest of the book didn’t quite keep up with the action and tone. Still, it had some bright moments where it twisted mythology and religion into new and surprising shapes.

In a world where scientists can refuse to die (and turn into ghosts because they don’t believe in anything enough to move on) and demons can possess peaceful rock creatures, it’s a good thing Mythic is there there to police things. 

The art style, ink-heavy and a bit faded, fit the story perfectly and McCrea's drawings do a great job conveying the tone and action throughout.

The pacing of this story felt a bit off, like the authors had so many cool asides to show us that they spent tons of time on them and didn’t concentrate on the main story line enough. The world is ending, but let’s go tickle cow udders (that part was hilarious, but felt a bit badly timed). The minor occurrences and the asides were my favourite parts. They were funny and provided glimpses into mythology from around the world. In contrast, the main story line felt like a jumble of mythology quickly smashed together.

After a few issues they realise there is a traitor at Mythic; unfortunately, I had an idea of who it was right away. I was proven right a few pages later. In a book with lots of little surprises, it was disappointing to have the main villain be so obvious.

This book will inevitably be compared to BPRD by Mike Mignola, and not necessarily to it’s advantage. MYTHIC may be a graphic novel that is worth picking up in individual comic form. As a compilation, it shows off the storytelling flaws too much.

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