The Mythos of Legends of the Night, created by Karl White, is an expansive history of the world in which a series of comics (Legends of the Night) will take place. This is a wonderful idea that is, in my opinion, well executed. The mythos has a depth to it without being needlessly complicated; which would be easy to do as it is 40 pages long. It takes time in explaining a new creation story, and history, then flows seamlessly into the modern day, taking the time to explain the origins of races such as Werewolves and Vampyres.
The beginning is a little confusing to follow at first, simply because of the fact that it is introducing new characters that are unfamiliar, however you find that it takes the time to explain each character, and as time passes in the Mythos we find ourselves face to face with entities we recognize, such as Satan. As you continue, however, you find yourself being sucked in to reading about the familiar characters as they are presented in a unique way that adds depth and texture to familiar ideas.
This Mythos showcases many different artists, which at first I found it to be a little confusing. Personally I find it to be less confusing to use one artist for an entire project, simply because it can help bring unity to the project and establish one over all feeling. That being said, the integration of different art styles helps to keep the entire read interesting. You are never sure what you are going to be looking at next. Each artist does do a good job of keeping the theme of dark, mysterious and other-worldly which is important when trying to create a sense of wonder.
The narrator of the story is supposed to be a character that will eventually play a major role in the comics that follow this Mythos. It was a little bit difficult at times to believe that the narrator was this person. It felt a little bit like it was the writer explaining it to himself. I believe this can be remedied with a more grandeur register and dialect, however I do not know this character, so the way it is written may very well be the way this person speaks. The way it is laid out, and the over all feel of the Mythos makes me feel as though the narration is lacking. This is only in regards to speech. The descriptions are easy to understand and the information he gives are only the most important, which makes it an easy read.
Over all I loved the idea of the Mythos. It is an excellent way to get a grasp on a world, instead of just being thrown haphazardly into it. I hope I am correct in assuming that the creators strong grasp of the history of the world will help to make a coherent and beautiful set of comics that allow the reader to enjoy the story, and fall into the world that has been created for them. Nothing is more time consuming than wading through a list of unknown and unexplained terms and histories. It may add a sense of mystery to keep the reader in the dark of certain histories, but with a Mythos this large, an in depth study and explanation is refreshing, and I hope to see more writers taking the time to do this in the future.