Mystery Girl #1

Writer: Paul Tobin Artist: Alberto Alburquerque Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: December 2, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 1
7.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Trine Hampstead knows everything. Ask her a question like “Where are my keys?” or “Is he cheating on me?” or “How are there perfectly preserved mammoths in recent ice?” and she just knows. She’s the Mystery Girl. The only thing Trine doesn’t know is how she knows—or anything else from the last ten years of her life.

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Nov 25, 2015

    Paul Tobin is a master storyteller and Mystery Girl will only add to his mythos. He paces the debut issue with a smart exhibit of Trines powers while getting a sense of her fun, flirty, yet steely personality which lets the reader engage with the character instantaneously. The bigger picture and the conflict are set up with ease and will cause anticipation for #2s release in 2016. Alberto Alburquerque and Marissa Louise do a masterful job with the art and colors with a high attention to detail and perfect use of contrasting shades and colors. Dark Horse has another solid title on their hands and I applaud the creators on their efforts. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Alyssa Jackson Nov 17, 2015

    I really enjoyed this book; I'm hooked on the story and I'm especially taken with the art. A very solid intro into a new series and I can't wait to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Aubrey Douglas Dec 2, 2015

    The writing and art are both up to par in this book. This book is new, so jumping on it now means you will be there for everything that is going to happen. Missing out on this story would be a bad idea in my opinion. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Dec 2, 2015

    Mystery Girl #1 asks a lot of questions and leaves most of them open by issue's end. This is a solid first issue, showcasing an interesting twist on a sleuth story. I'll be coming back for the second issue. While this issue falls short in some regards when it comes to giving you enough to hold onto character-wise, I think it can be enjoyed for what it is so far.Mystery Girl is exciting, filled with energy, and has a lot to offer in its story hook. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Dec 3, 2015

    The artwork has nice, almost organic flow that works well the elements of the story. For the most part the artwork is colorful, excluding a few panels were the they use only three, or for colors. While I can't share the panels directly, you will see what I mean when you pick-up and read the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 3, 2015

    Right off the bat, Mystery Girl has a solid premise working in its favor - the notion that a girl named Trine has the gift to automatically know the answer to any mystery in the world. But what really makes this issue work is how Paul Tobin builds on that initial premise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Dec 3, 2015

    This is a really interesting concept for a series. I’m pretty stoked to see if they all make it to Sibera, or if what’s his face kills Trine beforehand. Either way, this series is building up to something big. Keep reading to see what happens! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Nov 30, 2015

    Paul Tobin sets up the premise in this debut issue. He teases us with the adventure to come. He introduces a mysterious agent of conflict that will pay off in upcoming issues. Trine was immediately likable and I want to see where the story is going to go from here. I'm on board, and you can be to when this comic hits the stands on Dec 2nd. If this sounds interesting, ask your local comic shop to save a copy for you! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Annie Dec 22, 2015

    Mystery Girl #1 is fair for a first issue. The story has much to offer in the future and could lead into something great. The ending of the issue may appear to be meek, but with Trine's new adventure across the world there is surely room for derring-do and danger. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Nina Bird Nov 23, 2015

    Mystery Girl #1 was great from start to finish. The premise is solid, the characters are vibrant, and the story moves at just the right pace. This is a promising start to what is bound to be a wild ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Dec 2, 2015

    The final page teaser, which connects to the first cut-away in the issue, is an interesting one, if not a bit confusing as well. While Tobin has certainly given readers a lot to love in this opening chapter, the last pieces provide as much intrigue as they do befuddlement. Still, Mystery Girl #1 is a successful introduction presenting plenty, and offering much more to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Dec 1, 2015

    Although dynamic and filled with personality, Alburquerque's distorted figures detract from Paul Tobin's rich and characterful script. Despite its artistic problems, Mystery Girl #1 is still a solid first issue with a compelling premise that delivers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Dec 7, 2015

    The surprises are in the details, like the killer's puzzling conversation with a maid. Tobin's script has one twist after another, each of them fanciful and offbeat, but the cost in believability might not be worth the charm and the unpredictability. By the last page, Tobin asks a lot of the reader. The killer's quirks and a zoological phenomenon out of left field require even more suspension of disbelief than Trine's powers. It's uncertain whether the eventual answers in future issues will be satisfying enough to justify these leaps. "Mystery Girl" #1 is uneven debut issue, but its strengths are unusual enough the reader may be hooked nevertheless. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - John Wallace Nov 10, 2015

    I wanted to give the book a really high score, I really did. There are so many things in it that I liked; but the itch won't let me. Mr Tobin, if you are reading this, I love your work, but please, speak to a Brit before you try more "Britspeak". Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Nov 19, 2015

    Mystery Girl #1 looks like a fun new series. Let's hope the story Tobin and Alburquerque have in mind is interesting, and they continue to build on the character they are introducing. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Nov 9, 2015

    Again Id like to stress, Mystery Girl #1 is not a bad comic, the ingredients are there to make a really great and unique comic that could be both fun and intriguing. Unfortunately the opening issue just doesnt seem to know what it wants to be or how to effectively get readers on board. Theres a lot of potential being thrown around, but right now only some of it is sticking. If future issues manage to get a more coherent story and really get the plot going then this could be a great series. Right now though, its a little hard to recommend. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Dec 7, 2015

    The first issue introduces Trine Hampstead, a sidewalk detective with the answers – literally all of the answers, excepting the ones about her own past andwhyexactly she knows everything. It's an interesting conceptthough Tobin's writing shines in the mundane moments, where Trine embraces change or talks to her maybe-maybe-not-so-supportive boyfriend. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Dec 3, 2015

    There's a lot of potential for the series though, and those brief flashbacks are definitely some of the shining moments in the story and one of the elements most expressive of Tobin and Alburquerque. There are a couple character moments that do feel real and honest, like when Trine's telling her sort-of-but-not-really boyfriend what she's planning to do. Even though the book was a lot of setup and introductions, and repeatsa lot of information, it never comesoff as boring. Once Paul Tobin and Alberto Alburquerque settle into their groove, “Mystery Girl” could, at the very least, be a lot of fun Read Full Review

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