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Mephisto and the Empty Box

Credits: Written by Jason Hall and Illustrated by Matt Kindt
Publisher: Top Shelf


The set-up is killer, and ten gets you twenty you'll be dying to know what happens: a newlywed bride is called up on stage to participate in a magic act. The magician, before the eyes of the audience (including the bride's husband), will make the young lady disappear into thin air via his devilishly adorned magic box. As she steps inside, a man in the crowd rushes the stage and murders the magician in mid-trick. In the ensuing chaos, the husband opens the box to find...

...it's empty.

You want the rest? Read it yourself.

From the wunderkinds that brought you Pistolwhip comes this short blast of sadness and illusion, MEPHISTO AND THE EMPTY BOX. Illustrated beautifully in a style steeped in nostalgia and written with a control and subtly welcome in any form of literature, the Pistolwhip crew continue to impress with this lovely little volume. An excellent and affordable starting place for following the sure-to-be-stellar careers of Hall and Kindt.

Although, if you pick this up, you might as well go ahead and pick up the big fat Pistolwhip book as well, because if any criticism can be leveled at MEPHISTO, it's that it's over way too soon and you'll be left wanting more.

-- Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.


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