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The Royals Masters Of War #1The Royals: Masters of War #1 of 6
Vertigo Comics (DC)
Williams & Coleby

The six issue mini-series set in World War II opens with a solid issue that sets up the rest of the mini-series. While the comic has some pacing issues due to the information-dump in the middle of the book, there is certainly enough action in the beginning and end to give a reader an understanding of what this series will most likely be about for the remaining five issues. I recommend giving this a shot.

The high concept is that Great Britain royals are really super-powered beings. Rather than interfere with Germany's invasion of their country, they sit on the sidelines abiding by a pact that forbids the super powered folks from getting involved in conflicts. The current situation as World War II is stirring is simply too much for one royal to take and the series takes flight as a result.

The comic book uses several years as the book ends which seems to say the final five issues will cover a lot of ground. The royal family seems to be a typical lot where one of the sons is a bully and the other is a caring, forward thinking individual while other members also seem to find similar familiar personality traits. There is enough characterization in this issue to give you a handle as to what they are all about.

The book has some odd portions to it. For example, how or why regular military people know that the royals have powers in the first place seems to be asking for trouble. It's also not terribly clear why the super powered beings would even stay atop of a given country and not retreat away from everyone that isn't super-powered. Why are they bothering to stay involved on any level?

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The artwork is good for a period piece. The comic definitely captures the classic World War II look in the battles and the tone. The comic does seem to struggle with the character's depictions when it comes to lining up facial expressions with dialogue. It's not to say the book is sloppy or lacks detail, it just seems like the characters don't represent the story in a fluid manner all of the time.

This mini-series is probably targeting a niche market of readers. You've probably read a lot of comics that provide super heroes in a real life setting and there is some of that to some degree. The comic seems to cater to World War II battle and political buffs but other readers might pick this up and enjoy it. I recommend giving this a try.

3 out of 5 Geek Goggles