Review: World War Mob #1

I was so intrigued by the opening of this issue that I was already thinking of things that I wanted to say about it. But they were all vague and loosely based on what teenagers say when they like something. They never sound intelligent, so I’ll just skip it. But the narrative combined with the art was really a nice piece of work. I had no idea where it was going to take me, once the actual story started, but I knew that it was going to be entertaining. I’m going to go ahead and say that World War Mob #1 isn’t these guys’ first rodeo. This was a hell of a story. Combining these two completely different universes together was something that I never thought I’d see. I can’t think of any other way that it would have worked other than something like this. Five U.S. soldiers during WWII are ordered on a mission by the heads of the Five Families of New York. Mussolini must be taken out. And it’s up to these men to do it. And they’ve got a laundry list of obstacles in their way. Those obstacles include Nazis, Mussolini loyalists, bad, blood, and of course their own commanders. It appears that the reach of La Cosa Nostra is long, and it’s grip fierce.

World War Mob #1 CoverThe script is really well written. The dialogue is strong and the tone of the narration creates a fascinating ambience. I’m really interested to learn more about how these five men are going to be able to tolerate each other on this mission. Prepare to live vicariously through their suicide.

And the art really stands out here. There are some obvious similarities to some of the other more well known talent in today’s market, but it all works. The character design is really good, and the way that the flashbacks are done really keeps me interested. I’d like to see how this artist tackles something a little more mainstream.

I’m bummed to see that I’m so far behind putting out this review, but I’d rather be late than never. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I’m looking forward to seeing how this story plays out. Luckily, it’s a mini. And I’m assuming that with a story like this, it won’t seem rushed. Minis like this have a habit of kind of tip toeing along for a few issues, and then they hit you with an ending that totally leaves you unsatisfied due to its premature climax. I really don’t see that being the case with this. But hey, who knows, maybe I’m just being hopeful. But I will make a recommendation. Pick this up. If you are a WWII buff or if you like anything that has to do with the mafia, I bet you’ll get a kick out of it. I did.

Score: 4/5

Writer: Vito Delsant Artist: Giancarlo Caracuzzo Publisher: New Paradigm Studios Price: $3.99 Website