Midnight Mass saw print as two separate series, the first an eight issue run in 2002 that introduced the Kadmons, a married couple that are occult specialists and monster hunters as well as popular celebrities renowned around the world. The first series focused on the Kadmons hiring a new assistant, Jenny, to help them organize and modernize their efforts. The series was sort of equal parts X-Files and Supernatural and John Rozum created an enjoyable cast of characters and a unique world. Rozum’s scripting has always had great pacing and the overall storytelling was enhanced by Jesus Saiz’s artwork which caught the tone and atmosphere perfectly.
The second series was published as a six part run in 2004 and was focused on a particular monster, Magellan, starting a movement to invade a small human town so that monsters could kill freely and occupy homes and enjoy modern comforts. This run made me think of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed as Rozum developed the concept of a hidden underground civilization of monsters that tried to avoid humanity. The entire arc of Magellan was very engaging, and I would have loved it if they could have spent more time focusing on the cultural development of these monsters. Art chores for this series fell on Paul Lee and while the personality of the series slightly changes due to this flip, Lee brings a new tone and atmosphere designing some interesting monsters.
On top of the great creative teams, Midnight Mass also featured some amazing covers by Tomer Hanuka. I’m generally fighting for space due to my comic collection but I keep my single issues of this series because I figure DC will never reprint them and the beautiful covers sure help to make that an easy decision. Think James Jean with a creepier flair and a bit bloodier.
The thing that really sucks is that Rozum obviously set up some sub-plots that were meant to be explored over time. There was even talk of a tv series being planned back in 2009 or so, but that entire project got stuck in developmental limbo. We’ve been teased with news of possible momentum picking up over the past few years, but since 2012 there hasn’t been any real news. It would be fantastic to see him return to the series, so maybe if we get lucky and Vertigo decides they need some new material then we could see some reprints at least. Until then, you shouldn’t have to pay much more than $3 an issue, but bets are you can find them in quarter bins. I’ve made some complete runs of each mini-series for around $10 each for the store but they don’t pop up that often. Well worth hunting down, this was a top notch series and if you enjoy supernatural action with a good sense of humor this is a must have.