First of all, I have to admit that I was not a member of the cult that followed the adventures of the mysterious Mister X back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. At the time, I was heavily into superhero comics, most notably Batman and X-Men, and Mister X just didn’t pique my interest. After reading the first issue in the latest volume, I’m regretting that oversight. A lot.
Now is the perfect time for Mister X to reemerge as it is equal parts Steampunk, Sci Fi, and detective noir, genres that are all having a huge resurgence right now, and Dean Motter incorporates them all seamlessly. Since the primary setting of the series is Radiant City, a dystopian metropolis of towering cityscapes dotted with zeppelins and flying automobiles, Motter’s graphic sensibilities are on glorious display. His art is very reminiscent of Darwyn Cooke’s minimalism, and Matt Wagner’s Art Deco style.
The first issue is broken into two parts: “Part one: Eviction” is written and illustrated entirely by Motter. It lays the groundwork for the new story, as well as serves to reintroduce certain characters. “Part two: In Control” is written and penciled by Motter, inked by Hamid Bahrami, and colored by Bahrami and Motter. This short gives us a glimpse of Mister X in action, and as the title illustrates, in control of not only the cops and the bad guys, but the city itself.
How fitting, since the premise of the series is about Mister X, a mysterious architect, and his mission to regain control and repair the architectural design of the city, because it is this “psychetecture” that is responsible for driving its populace stark raving mad.
A timely return to a thought provoking, and wildly imaginative Sci Fi classic, Mister X’s return is long overdue, but primed to satisfy.
Mister X #1 Review