MISTY Vin­tage spook­i­ness

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re­leased 8 sepTeM­ber Pub­lisher re­bel­lion

Writ­ers pat Mills, Malcolm shaw Artists John arm­strong, brian de­laney, shirley bell­wood

Part of the same mid-’70s Bri­tish comic boom that gave us 2000 AD, Misty was a girls’ an­thol­ogy title with its sights set firmly on the spooky and the strange, de­liv­er­ing dark tales of or­di­nary teens en­coun­ter­ing strange phe­nom­ena and evil forces. It ran from 1978-80 be­fore be­ing merged with other ti­tles (and ul­ti­mately be­ing phased out in 1984), but now Re­bel­lion have pack­aged to­gether two of the best-known Misty sa­gas.

“Moon­child”, writ­ten by 2000 AD co-cre­ator Pat Mills, is a shame­less, slightly creaky take on Stephen King’s Car­rie, in which shy Rose­mary Black is bul­lied by her class­mates and her harsh mother, un­til she dis­cov­ers she pos­sesses tele­ki­netic pow­ers. “The Four Faces Of Eve” is more sat­is­fy­ing, giv­ing us an en­gag­ing mys­tery as am­ne­siac Eve tries to work out the mean­ing of her dis­turb­ing vi­sions.

The vi­su­als from artists John Arm­strong and Brian De­laney are oc­ca­sion­ally stiff but also fea­ture strong, im­pact­ful mo­ments (es­pe­cially in “The Four Faces Of Eve”), and while the sto­ries are now more quaintly charm­ing than gen­uinely spooky, there’s still plea­sures to be found here for any nos­tal­gia-in­clined comics fans. Saxon Bul­lock

Ac­cord­ing to Pat Mills, the title of Misty was in­spired by the 1971 Clint East­wood thriller Play Misty For Me.

Sadly, she couldn’t af­ford Net­flix.

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