CCW 3.57: Mystery Society #1 REVIEWED and WE STICK UP FOR DOOMWAR!

Posted: June 11, 2010 in CCW Review, CCW TV, Geek Culture, IDW, Marvel, Reviews
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  1. Mike F says:

    Great review!

    DoomWar has been so great with me lately. For once I like deadpool.

  2. rush says:

    more Fiona art if anyone is interested.

  3. phil says:

    while I remain skeptical about Deadpool’s appearance, I can’t imagine why there would be flack about such an engaging series. As I’ve said before this is the most that I’ve enjoyed a T’challa story since Don McGregor wrote Jungle Action This is the most that I’ve enjoyed Doom since I don’t know how long and this is the most that I’ve tolerated the X-men since the 1st few issues of Joss Whedon’s Astonishing…

    In this case I have to agree with you, Jose. People that have a problem with this comic…don’t know good comics, but thats just me…:-)

    • Deemar says:

      C’mon Phil Deadpool was a editoral decision, had to be.

      Honestly that DP movie ain’t gonna happen, especially if Green Lantern takes off.

      I was hating on Doom war at first, but I gotta thank E&J for turning me around on the series

      • Maberry wrote to us to express his gratitude for our championing his book and also offered this tidbit about Deadpool being a part of DoomWar:

        “A little side note for you re: Deadpool. Folks seem to think that putting Deadpool is was stuntcasting or an editorial request. It was neither. When I cooked up the story I knew that I needed an x-factor but I also needed a very specific skill set (for reasons that become apparent in #5). And I pitched DoomWar waaay back when they asked me to take over the Panther book. DP has a role to play, kind of a Plan A and Plan B thing. He’s attempting Plan A at the end of DoomWar #4 (the assassination of Doom). Since there are two more issues to go it’s a good bet DP fails. In Plan B DP becomes a means to an end…but he isn’t the star of the rest of the series.

        That said, i actually enjoy the character and like him best when he’s the comic relief in someone else’s book. It harkens back to the days wheen we weren’t sure whether his craziness was genuine or if it was part of a schtick that threw people off balance. In DoomWar its a bit of both.”

        Needless to say, I have faith in what he’s doing with the characters and the mini-series.

        Carry on,


  4. Stamps says:

    I love Doomwar. I’m so glad that CCW suggested this book I wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise, because damn near all the other reviews I’ve seen have panned it. This issue, with the appearance of Deadpool made me, like Phil a little worried at first. It was really good all together though.

    I think that people who dislike the book also may have disliked it because they are used to (and for some reason like) the shitty books that Marvel have been putting out within the last couple years. So now when a new book with real depth and quality comes out they have no idea what to do with it because they wanted and expected something more akin to “Ultimate Avengers.” Just a thought.

    I really don’t want this book to end. It’s hands down my favorite current Marvel book.

  5. Locusmortis says:

    Mystery Society was one of my Previews picks back in March, damn I’m good aren’t I? Heres what I said:

    “It’s always a challenge to find an original title amongst the hordes of licensed stuff on IDW’s slate but when they do one its usually good. The concept is by Steve Niles and Ashley Wood and the writing is by Steve Niles so already this has me intrigued. The story is that the “heroes”, Nick Hammond and Anastasia Collins, are the Mystery Society, sort of like Steed and Emma Peel meets Scooby-Doo meets Dogwitch*. It looks like it’s going to be a fun blast of a series.

    The art is by Fiona Staples who has done some work for Wildstorm like North 40 and who seems to be ever improving as an artist, the sample pages I’ve seen for Mystery Society show some dynamic atmospheric work, check her blog at

    * Dogwitch was an old favourite Goth horror series from Sirius entertainment, go seek out the trades!”

  6. Nice to know that the better reviewers like DoomWar.

    • Stamps says:

      I don’t like DoomWar – I love it

      • TheGateJester says:

        This is exactly how I feel about Doomwar as well. I was hoping that Shadowland would be able to match the level of Doomwar, but if those new teasers mean anything I may have to skip Shadowland

    • Deemar says:

      Ok dude you just got a fan for life!

      Now go Kung Fu Bendis’ noggin!

      Please, sir

    • phil says:

      Mr. Maberry: Thank you for making me care for my favorite character again. TheBlackPanther ( T’challa) has been my favorite character since I 1st saw Jungle Action back in the day. Since then there have been momments here and there where he’s been cool, but by and large he’s dwelled in either banality or obscurity.

      So once again thank you. Not just for an entertaining series, but for also giving me a reason to feel validated for having this character be my favorite. When/If T’challa once again dons the suit, I hope that you’ll remain as the writer. As it stands I’m a BP collector until you leave.

  7. MicahSkin says:

    Man ripped his ex girlfriend into a cured suit of skin armor. I think the “Noble European Ruler” ship has sailed…

  8. Insideman says:

    I think I remember you guys saying (at some point) that you get a lot of shit on the You Lube (misspelling meant) message boards… Is that where most of the negativity is coming from?

    P.S. Great set of videos. Perfect way to increase views of the indy books… Pair them with a mainstream title… Or better yet, don’t even MENTION you are reviewing them at all and make people listen to indy love between Millar and Bendis rants!

    Just a thought… As people keep watching Leno once the TV is turned to NBC. 😉

  9. Deemar says:

    Good Day Sir!


  10. generaldark says:

    i didnt enjoy doomwar the first two issues but i made myself by the third one and it picked up for me and i love it.

  11. SMARTASS8 says:

    I’m going to have to check out Mystery Society #1. Since I’m not a fan at all of Steve Niles or Ashley Wood, I was just going to flip through the book when the cover caught my eye. As lame an excuse as it may be, when I saw the 50 variant covers(it seemed like 50 at least) on the inside cover, I put the book down immediately. You guys have me curious again.

    I don’t know if it’s my fondness for Doom(except for Bendis’ version or Waid’s “Leatherface”), my loving of the explanation as to why Deadpool(a character I’ve never liked)is in this book, or if I’m just a sucker for an underdog(I can’t believe this book is getting trashed while Bendis & Loeb are still working at Marvel), but I’m going to break my Marvel boycott. Since Maberry seems like such a nice guy, I don’t want his comic career to die quickly due to a bunch of braindead “Zombies”. I’m going to pick up his Black Panther issues and Doomwar this wednesday(or at least have them ordered if they’re sold out).

    • “I don’t want his comic career to die quickly due to a bunch of braindead “Zombies”. I’m going to pick up his Black Panther issues and Doomwar this wednesday(or at least have them ordered if they’re sold out).”

      Wow…I do understand that this is kinda big since you are not currently buying Marvel. That is very cool to hear, Smartass. Maberry’s email to us was a bit longer than what Elliott posted and I do have to say the man is a class act. He is the kind of creator I want to support and his comic work does need to be supported. I am sure he will appreciate you buying his book. I also do have to say that I myself appreciate you giving the book a try. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.


      • SMARTASS8 says:

        I doubt I’ll dislike the book since I agree with your comic picks more often than not, but even if I hate it, at least I’ll be buying the book of a “classy” Marvel employee. That’s an oxymoron, in a lot of cases, these days. 🙂

  12. For anyone interested in catching up with the Panther stories, my 6-issue arc ‘POWER’ is now out as a trade paperback. It ends with a cliffhanger that sets up DoomWar.

    I also did a Wolverine 8-page backup story (“Ghosts”), which appeared in Wolverine: the Anniversary; and a Punisher MAX story (“Naked Kill”). Those were my first two Marvel stories.

    Coming up in August, Marvel is launching “MARVEL UNIERSE vs THE PUNISHER”….which has nothing to do with he Ennis tale “Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe”. (The book was renamed by my editor recently before the solicits went out. Before then it was Punisher: Last Gun or Earth, and then Marvel: Infected. It’s a post-apocalyptic story for the Marvel Knights line. A plague has swept the earth and turned everyone into savage cannibals. They form tribal states and are constantly at war. Only the Punisher is uninfected and is trying to exterminate them all. It’s a moody, existential 4-issue series, and Marvel seems to be putting some marketing oomph into it.

    And I have a couple of other limited series on the way after that, details as soon as I’m allowed to share.

    • Mike F says:

      Oh awesome! I’ve been looking to read a good Punisher comic. And if its as good as DoomWar has been then I’m totally down for it, Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      The Punisher book sound cool! It features 2 things I really like in a Punisher story:

      1) Frank fully ensconced in the Marvel Universe.

      2) Frank isn’t a supernatural character(no resurrections as an angel or a Frankenstein monster).

    • Insideman says:


      I picked up your Panther trade on the day of release. I haven’t read it yet (I’m behind in my reading) but it will definitely be tops on my stack the minute I get there!

  13. agent42q says:

    I was pretty excited for this book before it came out, only because I had the good fortune to meet Fiona Staples at Comicfest earlier in the year. She was real nice, and her interest in her current project really made me eager to see her work on it. I have to say I think it looks even better than her work on North 40.

  14. Glad I’m not the only reviewer who loved DOOMWAR!! xd

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