Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Royals: Masters of War #1 (2014) Review

A Bloody Good Start

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Simon Coleby
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 12, 2014

World War 2 is in full swing, and Germany is putting it to the Brits. While London burns, the British Royal Family is having a ball...literally. However, there is a dark not-so-secret about these Royals that could turn the tide of the War, or destroy the World. They have Super Powers, but they are not alone.

I must admit that I was not familiar with Rob Williams's work before reading this book, but I am both impressed and intrigued. The idea of Royalty possessing superpowers is not new, but Williams' hook here is that all the World's Royalty has them and have entered a pact not to get involved in World affairs. That is all well and good, but what happens when one of them gains a conscience and can't sit and watch people die? Initially, it's impressive, but the consequences are bound to be dire.

I really enjoyed this issue. The pacing was a little off, though it is understandable being the first in a new series. It starts with a bang, then flashes back to show how and why things got to where they are. I could have used a little more character development here, but what we get has me interested.

The Royal Family does come off as pompous asses, which only makes the hero that much more heroic. When we get back to the present, it is explosive and remarkable. The tide of War is sure to shift, but to which side? I can't wait to read the next issue to see the repercussions, but also more about the characters in general. I can't wait to see the superpowers of each character. We get some hints, and sneak peeks, and it's already awesome.

The art of Simon Coleby may be the main selling point of this issue. The horrors of War are in full display, and while they are not pretty, they are incredible to see.

Bits and Pieces:

The Royals: Masters of War #1 is an excellent start to a new story that is both exciting and intriguing. Rob Williams has set the stage for a great tale, and the art of Simon Coleby is just as impressive. Fans of superheroes and/or military comics should pay attention because this has the potential to be very special.


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