Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Shadow 1941: Hitler's Astrologer Book Review

The Shadow 1941: Hitler’s Astrologer

by Dennis O’Neil

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

(September 17, 2013)

4/5 Stars

      This graphic novel has a story that has been lost to us for twenty years.  This is the Shadow 1941. At first blush some of the tropes and themes here might seem a little dated.  But the story reads and plays out like something from a modern summer action movie.  Any fan of the Shadow will really enjoy this book.  When looking for inspirations for movies like Indiana Jones.  Judging by the content in this work, you don’t have to look too much further than old comics.  The premise is a bit ridiculous.  That Hitler counts so much on Astrology that it tells him which battles to fight and when.  So if you controlled his astrologer you would control the course of the war.  But you don’t go to a book like this for it’s great storytelling.  You go for the cool old art and the fun ride that the story takes you on.  Unbelievable or not.  I really did enjoy my time with the Shadow 1941.  Not so much for what I usually come to Shadow comics for, which is awesome art.  But for a window into the way things used to be and how comic creators helped in the war effort.  Dynamite has done us all a great service by bringing this comic back to life.

No comments:

Post a Comment