World of Tanks: Citadel Is Your Next Great WWII Comic
*This review for World Of Tanks: Citadel #1 may contain spoilers. *
In the summer of 1943, both the Russian and German forces are getting ready for a hell of a time. Operation Zitadelle is getting ready to hit, and both sides have lots of new tanks for the ensuing combat. The Eastern Front is home to the next big skirmish. For both the German and Russian forces, you see how much one side mirrors the other, with their own sides preparing for war and even trying to survive an assault from the skies. In all, it makes for a good war comic.
Like the previous installment, World Of Tanks is written by Garth Ennis, who, by this point, could probably write a competent war story in his sleep. Like your typical Ennis-written war story, there’s a lot to process. His detail to weapons of war is pretty fantastic and in a lot of these stories (we’ll stick to tanks for this one) he seems to know these vehicles inside and out. His character work is great, although here I did think the German soldiers Karl and Freddie came off a bit too goofy for their own good. Piotr and Natalya were the ones I definitely liked more. I’ve read Garth’s variety of war comics before. From Battlefields to War Story and everything in between, the man just knows war better than anyone.
PJ Holden is doing the pencils on this one. Part of the fun of these books is just looking at the tank illustrations, and he does an incredible job on them. I tend to use Google Images on a lot of these war books to see how the comic images stack up versus the real thing and PJ gets the job done. Apart from that, he keeps up with what is going on with the various characters pretty well, and in a book that, while serious in tone does have a few shifts to comedic, he keeps up with the proper facial expressions.
I was a big fan of World Of Tanks: Roll Out that Dark Horse Comics did prior and this series, and, so far, Citadel is an excellent follow-up to that. With a book about tanks, based on a hugely popular video game, you definitely come for the tanks, but stay awhile and you also get the added bonus of the interesting characters, some more comical than others, but all of that is the charm in the next chapter of World Of Tanks: Citadel, brought to you by a writer who is the comic book master of war.
I love a good war comic and none come finer than those by Garth Ennis.