This summer marks the 15th Anniversary of the release of “Mystery Men,” a movie based on Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot comics, and one which gets less respect than Rodney Dangerfield at Venice Beach. “At least it’s better than *Mystery Men*”, goes the refrain of certain wags at my comic shop, leaving me to wonder what the problem is. Admittedly, the film has its flaws (it willfully provides employment for Dane Cook, for one), but “weird” is not the same as bad. I have a similar problem with a friend’s assessment of “Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan”: She denounces
Or – “Where’s Flaming Carrot?” While I appreciate the simplicity of certain names and titles, it always galls me when the Big Two (and especially Marvel, given their history) appropriates a name that has been used by another company. And given that Bob Burden’s Mystery Men, while obscure, had their own movie a while ago, the use of the Mystery Men title seems like an intentional attempt by Marvel to engulf and devour all that the comics industry has ever had to offer. But none of this folderal answers the question of whether the climax of this mini is any
The world of the Mystery Men grows more dangerous, as The Operative picks up allies in order to battle the insidious “General”. Does this tale with Pulp sensibilities dole out a bountiful amount of entertainment? Or is just a piece of over priced Ten Cent trash? Take the jump to find out, Faithful Spoilerites!
Before men of fire, and of the sea took to air to battle, there were heroes that slinked through the night. Mystery Men delves into the lesser known facets of the Marvel Universe, but does this pulp inspired canonical tale entertain? Or should it be pulped lickity split?