Fans of pulp heroes like the Shadow, the Spider, the Black Bat, and the Avenger will adore this new pulp magazine inspired series!
Avenging justice moves unseen in the night mist, then a black-clad hand emerges to grasp and destroy evil. The Man of the Mist has struck yet another blow against crime. The ones who live whisper of him from their jail cells. "I heard an eerie voice from the fog," they say tremblingly. "Crime is the train to death!" the Man of the Mist whispered. "Once you board that train, you are on your way to the final stop."
Trail of the Bat Beasts is like a slap in the face with nonstop, pulse pounding, pulp action shot directly out of the late 1930s.
In his first full-length adventure, Ralph Thorn, a wealthy industrialist whose secret identity is the Man of the Mist, embarks on a trail of vengeance against the person or creature that murdered close friend and News Tribune editorial cartoonist Thomas Walker.
Thorn uses his amazing skills to, literally, listen in on the brains of his enemies in their own homes in order to track down criminal perpetrators of evil and bring them to their "end of the line" - justice.
A master of mind control who can create and move invisibly though dense fog and mist, Thorn, aided by his beautiful blonde assistant, Moxie Malone, battles a criminal organization that uses horrifying monsters to terrorize the big city: human-faced bat creatures on a mission of mass murder and a shroud-wearing banshee with incredible powers.
News Tribune publisher Lon Graham had advised the editorial cartoonist to "show no mercy to local politicians". But after Walker is murdered, it is the Man of the Mist who sets out to show no mercy to crooked elected officials, mobsters, murderers and those who prey on the innocent. But, with all of his amazing mind-control abilities, can he defeat a long-dead evil with power beyond even the Man of the Mist's comprehension?
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Fun Superhero Story
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Here, Ralph Thorn is the Man of the Mist. His superpower is to enter cause a change to the thoughts of individuals, which results in them doing what the Mist wants. A political cartoonist is murdered in front of a 12 year old boy, who runs the newsstand. Thorn, with his assistant Moxie Malone, try to safeguard the boy but he is kidnapped by the murderer. Now Thorn and Moxie have to find the boy and stop the murderer.
This was a fun, campy superhero story. It strongly reminded me of the radio serials of a bygone era mixed with the campiness of the 60's Batman tv series with Adam West. Overall, very enjoyable.
The narrator had a clean delivery and good pace.
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