Pullbox Reviews: Wolfenstein #1

Wolfenstein #1 (Titan – Watters / Kowalski / Friere)

 

New comic based on the world of the best-selling Wolfenstein videogames, written by Dan Watters (Assassin’s Creed, Limbo) 

Dive headfirst into the alternate universe of Wolfenstein, a world where the fascist regime won the war thanks to super-advanced killing machines and vicious robot dogs. 

B.J. Blazkowicz returns to take on the fascists in this new comic, based on the much beloved gaming franchise.

The first issue in Titan Comics’ Wolfenstein harkens back to the longstanding video game franchise that started back in the 1980s with Castle Wolfenstein.  Protagonist Nazi killer BJ Blazkowicz returns in an alternate world where the Third Reich won the war and occupied the United States.  Artists Piotr Kowalski and Ronilson Freire bring their depth of experience to this limited series and they do not disappoint.  Writer Dan Watters explores this new world where New York City is over run with Nazi banners and giant machines that chew up any dissenters.

The explosive artwork in this issue is full of nods to the video games that have inspired the storyline.  World War 2 weaponry is mixed with violent steampunk creations that build a world entrenched in conflict. But Blazko is up for the challenge.  The story starts with John Curry, once a tailor in Missouri, remembering what it was like in the days leading up to the occupation.  His family is fractured by the new regime, but he eventually reunites with his escaped daughter.  The visuals are mesmerizing and the storyline leaves you wanting more.  I came away wondering if I’ll be able to wait until the next issue.  As alternative history shows like The Man in the High Castle have risen in popularity, Wolfenstein is a timely release for Titan Comics.

Cover A: Piotr Kowalski

Cover B: Game Art

Cover C: Alex Ronald

Cover D: John Royle

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