I’m a big fan of classic pulp adventures. John Carter of Mars is probably my favorite of the genre but anything of that type appeals to me. It doesn’t have to be great, it definitely doesn’t have to have an ounce of reality to it, it just needs to be big, boisterous, adventurous fun. It was this that attracted me to Midnight Society: The Black Lake, as it seemed to fit the bill. I was not disappointed.
We open in the past, with adventurers doing what they do. They discover proof that pixies exist. In fact they capture one. That’s where they start to disagree and things digress. Flash forward and we meet Matilda Finn who gets called in for a mission of some sort. One that will take her to Loch Ness. She’s out to hunt monsters but it seems like she may discover more about herself than the beasts she tracks.
Midnight Society #1 is full of potential. I did find it a bit confusing but I think as more is revealed the threads they leave dangling will start to make sense. The art is a nice mash-up of classic pulp style for the flashbacks and more modern for the current day. It helps set the tone and atmosphere quite nicely. The story is intriguing and I am very much on board to see where it’s leading to.
Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1 gets 3 out of 5 stars. It definitely suffers from being a set up issue but it lays enough of an engaging foundation that I will be adding it to my pull list.
Here’s a sneak peek inside:
Midnight Society #1
Writer: Drew Edward Johnson
Artist: Drew Edward Johnson
Colorist: Lizzy John
Cover Artist: Drew Edward Johnson
Genre: Superhero, Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: June 10, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
UPC: 7 61568 27872 9 00111