Propaganda – The Mystery Play
The actor playing God in a religious play is found dead. A decaying town becomes filled with fear & suspicion in this stunning psychological thriller.
Every character in the piece is searching for judgement or redemption. None more so than the detective, a bewildered, confused man, more interested in viewing the scene from above than dissecting the crime beyond recognition, he’s attempting to solve the mystery before his past catches up with him & seeking to unlock the secret of both the town’s redemption & his own.
From a thrilling, fast paced mystery story this mutates halfway through to become something far darker & deeper, full of psychological meaning & hallucinatory imagery. If you’re hoping for an easy read, with a simple resolution, forget it. Morrison writes an open ended story with layers upon layers of meaning.
Evocative, cinematic, and dreamlike, The Mystery Play is a multi-layered, tightly written & beautifully painted in photo-realistic style by Jon J. Muth.
Richard Bruton is a lifelong comics fan and former Comic Book Store Guy; you can read more of his thoughts on comics and life on his blog Fictions.