And so it’s time for both Giselle and Genevieve to learn new things about life and themselves as the moment for revolution is upon Verne.
Giselle has been captured by the revolutionary poor in the streets of Verne. To her surprise, Genevieve arrives and signs her death warrant, forever cementing their futures. As she is readied for the headsman, Giselle warns the people of the coming eclipse that will not happen as expected and the dire fate awaiting them all. Ignored, it takes her crush Gerard to save Giselle’s life. Figuring out how to save the world from losing it’s magics, Giselle puts together a plan. Will it work, and more importantly, will Genevieve stand in her way?
This issue wraps up a very enjoyable miniseries that just felt good to read. It does take a fairly dark turn when Phillipe is killed by his former followers. In fact, it was actually just one frame, but rather violent. It kinda makes me think twice on whether or not this is really an all ages book (despite the T+ rating on the cover), but it was at least somewhat realistic. Things are bad on the streets, this sort of stuff will boil over when everyone’s charged to make some kind of change.
That aside, this felt familiar. It was original in the story even compared to the source material of the original Mystic series from CrossGen, but as I mentioned before, it has that familiarity of the children’s movies people of my generation and before grew up on with feisty heroines and a rags to riches arc. It even has a bit of a Fox and the Hound ending with the two old friends ultimately standing on opposite sides of life and, by nature and nurture, becoming enemies. The art, as reminiscent as it is to the old Disney classics, even found me recognizing friends of mine in the faces and expressions of characters. Even though I didn’t really see two of my gal pals as closely drawn in this series until now, I can’t help but see it every time I look at Giselle and Genevieve.
Its spotting those really familiar things that makes this book feel like a comfort read. I looked forward to each issue even if a man in his mid 30s isn’t really the intended audience. I really have to give a great deal of credit to writer G. Willow Wilson and artist David Lopez for drawing me in with the story and images. Anyone with an open mind should find something to appreciate in this series. Sure, it isn’t the Punisher offing a bunch of drug dealers or Superman hoisted the world up on his shoulders, but you know what? It never had to be for me (or anyone for that matter) to enjoy the classic themes presented in Mystic.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fun and enjoyable with this fourth issue really giving a nice level of action and suspense. Big kudos to Wilson and Lopez for drawing me into a story about two poor teenage girls stuck in the middle of a class war.||While the series may not change the world or make you look at comics differently, I couldn’t have expected this series to be this much fun and sometimes, you find yourself forgetting any flaws if they existed in the first place.|