Operation: Seven Psychopaths Comes to an Unsettling Close

7 Psychopaths #3 (of 3) (Boom! – Vehlemm / Phillips)

The stunning conclusion to the thrilling series! 7 men, 1 impossible mission – assassinate Hitler! With World War II in full swing, there’s only one-way to draw the war to a quick end: kill Hitler. But who would be insane enough to try? Joshua Goldschmidt knows just the men to do it. Insane? Psychotic? Mad? Call them what you will, but the Seven Psychopaths are now the only hope the world has!

If gritty war stories in your drink of choice, I have found your keg.

There is nothing like reading a extremely well written dramatic comic that you know is going to end badly.  In some ways, I think this is a geek’s version of reading a Jodi Picoult novel, you know you will enjoy it but are pretty darn sure it will be a downer.

This three part series revolves around seven soldiers who have had everything taken away from them except for their ability to kill.  Their families, their future, their sanity… all gone.  Each being the master of their own specific skill set, much like an “R” rated A-Team- whether it’s a kill shot from a kilometer away, being able to tear heads from torsos or being a master of disguise – and each doomed to fail in their mission.  The given mission: Assassinate Hitler.

The Axis forces have defenses against any sort of complicated infiltration operation, so the Allied forces throw a “hail mary”.  This crew of seven was given the job of marching right down main street Germany and assassinating the head nazi, in much the same way that someone might “hide in plain sight”.   Given, that this is not an “alternate history” story, we start off knowing that they fail, but the specifics of why they can’t get rid of the Fuhrer is quite creative.  Fabien Vehlmann scribes a dark tale riddled with paranoia and pressure points that is most definitely worth reading.  It is thoughtful, artistic but certainly not a “happy” ending.   Supporting the story is Sean Phillips purposely sketchy art, which visualizes the paranoia and makes it more tactile to the reader.

This is coming out in the next week.

Bottom line: FANTASTIC! and I cannot wait for the trade!

Issue Grade: A-

Series Grade: A

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Updated: August 1, 2010 — 5:38 pm

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