It’s no secret that, for the last couple months, DC has owned the comics narrative. If you were talking mainstream, monthly comic books, you were talking about the New 52 – and with good reason! But if there’s something I regret about how focused I was on DC’s new offerings (and there’s very little I regret about it), it’s this: books like Marvel’s recently concluded Mystic fell slightly by the wayside. And believe me when I say, G. Willow Wilson’s take on Mystic is one of the strongest mini-series’ released this year.
When Marvel released Sigil a few months back, it came as something of a surprise to me. I hadn’t been aware that Marvel would be doing anything with the CrossGen properties they’d inherited from Disney, but I was legitimately excited when I found out they were. CrossGen may have been a bad company, but they put out a lot of very good books, particularly in genres traditionally underrepresented in comics. One of the strongest examples of that was Ruse, a rock-solid example in Victorian-era detective fiction, Sherlock Holmes with a twist. And while Sigil‘s opening issue underwhelmed me, Ruse reminded me why I missed CrossGen so much.