Friday, December 5, 2014

The Royals: Masters of War

 Just when I've given Vertigo up for dead, they publish this...
 I wasn't expecting much from THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR...I'd read a few books written by Rob Williams, and I wasn't too impressed, but he really hit it out of the park with this dark, violent alternate history epic.

 The high premise here is that royal bloodlines are blessed with super-powers, which royals have taken to keeping hidden after incidents like The French Revolution and the slaughter of the Romanov Family. Now, as World War II is erupting, young Prince Henry of the British Royal Family interjects himself into the war, demonstrating his powers on a level that calls the attention of the rest of the world's royalty, who had all forsworn interference in the battle. Now, Henry, his sister Rose, and his alcoholic dandy brother Arthur, find themselves allied with America and Russia against the Axis powers...who have royalty of their own about to enter the conflict.

 This is, to put it bluntly, the best thing DC and/or Vertigo have published in quite some time. Rob Williams, with artists Simon Coleby and Gary Erskine, has crafted a fast-paced, gripping, done-in-one read that deserves a large audience. This would make one hell of a film.

 THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR collects the entire six-issue mini-series, complete with covers and variants. Highly recommended.

 DC/Vertigo provided a review copy.