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Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 7: The Mist and the Phantom of the Fair (Sandman Mystery Theatre #7)

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In this series of noir detective tales of intrigue, bigotry and incest, millionaire Wesley Dodds takes on the costumed persona of the Sandman in 1930s New York donning a gas mask, fedora, suit and cloak to fight the forces of evil.

In this volume, The Sandman uncovers the origin of The Mist, from the pages of STARMAN. Then, on the site of the 1939 New York World's Fair, The
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Vertigo (first published February 3rd 2009)

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Originaly bought as single-issues, I have the complete collection.

Somehow, Matt Wagner and Guy Davis were the perfect team to bring the original Sandman back.
Where most writers would have updated the character to bring him into the 21st century, Matt Wagner goes way back to his original roots set in the 1940s and gives us a bare bones version of the character.
This isn't a super-hero, he doesn't jump from rooftops, he's faillable, he's a well-rounded, caring human being, heck he's not even muscle
I'm not really sure why I enjoy this series as much as I do. It feels at once horribly dated and incredibly modern, which is a pretty strange trick to pull off. But Wesley Dodds and Dian Belmont are appealing main characters, effectively blending the cultural attitudes and biases of the 1930s with a refreshing streak of progressivism. Dian, in particular, manages to feel completely of her time period, while simultaneously being a first-class feminist.

The books are often more than a little heavy-
Interesting attempt at mixing a Golden age comic book hero, with 'real world' politics and issues of the 30's, while trying to tell noir mystery stories, that never really hooked me.

I'd try an occasional story, but generally found them unsatisfying. In trying for realism, they really watered down the heroic and comic book and seemed to revel in the gritty and grim.

The Mist was one of the better stories, as it seemed to hit the right balance or real and larger than life.

Despite my grumbling about
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this series is getting predictable..
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Matt Wagner is an American comic book writer and artist. In addition to his creator-owned series' Mage and Grendel, he has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre and Trinity, a DC Comics limited series featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
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