This week's Tradio is for the first IDW Publishing trade for Mystery Society by Steve Niles and Fiona Staples. The trade collects the first five issues of this series.
I really enjoyed the trade. Not for everyone, I am sure, but if you are a fan of Hellboy and the BPRD, there is definiately something here for you. While not Steve Niles' best writing, it moves at a good pace and you never feel over-burdened by what is going on. You want to keep reading and see where things will lead. Fiona Staples' art is very good. It is a sketchy style that conveys a lot of character in the figures that she draws with a good sense of movement. If I have a problem, it is that her robots and the Mystery Society plane seemed to need a little more of an iconic feel and were pretty rote to me, though her overall layouts were great. Overall, it was a good trade that will make for a fun read if you are interested in horror tales without much horror in them. It's like a mix of BPRD, Casanova, and League Extraordinary Gentlemen and it works in a fun way. Give it a try.