Propaganda – The Mystery Play

Published On November 25, 2008 | By Richard Bruton | Reviews

The Mystery Play

by Grant Morrison & Jon J Muth

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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.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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