Review: Mister X – Eviction #1 (of 3)

I’ve followed Mister X on and off over the years, the off being when I couldn’t find a copy of the issue or just plain missed its release. Creator Dean Motter has made Dark Horse the home for the series in recent years and I’m happy about that since it means I no longer miss the series. There is just something magical about the world that this story is set in. It’s a city that has advanced technologically, but at the same time maintains a retro post-World War II era vibe. The fashion and overall style of the city is a throwback to the previously mentioned era and I just find it fascinating that it’s plateaued.

What’s interesting about Motter’s style is that he’s very willing to break the traditional mold of storytelling and with this issue he gets very creative with it. The “Eviction” storyline is actually only half (ish) of the issue, but the story that occupies the rest of the issue actually happens within the same timeline. It just happens in-between the cracks of the story. It’s very creative and to be honest blew my mind a little. Yes in a way it stretches out the main plot line, but how clever is that to show everything else that’s happening in the world at the same time as other plot line and essentially tie the two together for the issue. Just incredible.

The issue itself begins with Mister X’s journalist friend Rosey as she inhabits a bar for the evening. She had a blind date that didn’t go well and now she’s left with nothing more than her thoughts. Rosey begins chatting up the piano player telling him her woes. She’s feeling guilty about sending her camera man to the Looney house because she pushed him too hard. The city has a way of amplifying one’s phobias and the work that Rosey had the camera man do, ended up pushing him past his breaking point. Once she gets political the bartender kicks her out by name.

From there the story cuts to Mercedes, a beautiful redhead in a tank top and heart boxer shorts. As her takeout food arrives she gets an unexpected visitor in the form of Mister X crawling in her window. He asks a favor of her and suddenly she doesn’t want anything to do with him. He tells Mercedes that she’s the only one he can trust. She leaves the room while he injects something in to his arm, but ultimately she gives in to keeping the files for him.

Since the second story begins and ends in the issue I’ll leave it for you to discover after you finish the main tale which has more to go. The writing is superb in this series. Motter’s character dialog is believable and yet has that classic throwback feel to it. There’s not even a hint of modernism to it and yet their cities are far more advanced than ours. It’s a great contradiction or sorts as the advancement of technology has come to a stop in the city. I’m very curious to see where the story goes from here and what Mercedes role in everything will be.

Motter’s art is pulpy and perfect for this story. The art and design of the story adds to the feeling and tone of the overall story. Motter uses a lot of shadowing, but in a way it’s as if he replaces one color with black on the page which again contributes to the atmosphere of the story. Personally, I absolutely love Motter’s style and I doubt I’m doing it justice at all with my description so I’ll just say it’s gorgeous and well-crafted.

I wasn’t surprised by the quality of this issue in the least bit, I was surprised by how quickly it followed the one-shot collecting the Mister X story though. It was the best kind of surprise though and I’ll be looking forward to its continuation next month. If you’ve never read Mister X, then this is a great opportunity to jump on. Sure it has a pretty big history, but each new chapter does a fantastic job of standing on its own. If you enjoyed something like The Black Beetle and need a bit of pulp to get you by, I would definitely check out Mister X: Eviction if I were you.

Score: 5/5

Writer/Artist/Creator: Dean Motter

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Price: $3.99

Release Date: 5/1/13