Friday, October 10, 2014

Graphic Novels - The Shadow 1941: Hitler's Astrologer

This 20-year old graphic novel was recently reissued, I missed it the first time around. A brilliant Shadow story by Denny O'Neil and Michael Kaluta. The Shadow and his operatives help a German Astrologer in America with a plan to end WWII. Since Hitler was an Astrology nut, they figure if they can get him a false chart that convinces him invading Russia will turn out well, it will divide his forces and save Britain. Lots of real Nazis guest star, and they're just as odious as they were in real life. The climax takes place in Berlin, with the Shadow in a complex battle of wits (and guns and swords) with the Third Reich. Kaluta handles the artwork beautifully; the Shadow and his supporting cast have never looked better. I really wish he had more of an output through the years, he is one of comics' greatest artists and doesn't disappoint here. Full of history, intrigue and action, this one is highly recommended.
Rating: ****½ out of 5 stars

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