Synopsis: May 7th, 1945: Hitler is dead and the world prepares to celebrate victory in Europe. But for a tiny band of courageous commandos, the battle to save mankind from extermination has only just begun. As rogue Nazi General Wolfgang von Khan and his personal army prepare to launch the gigantic doomsday device Goliath, an eccentric team of heroes find themselves with less than 2 hours to harness top-secret Allied technology, infiltrate Von Khan’s cavernous mountain fortress and somehow pull off the greatest secret mission in history.
Review: Written by Lex McDonald with fantastic art from Edgar Machiavello. Assault On Fortress Doom mixes world war II heroes with a dash of science fiction.
The story focuses on a group of heroes that are brought together at the 11th hour to stop the mad General Wolfgang Con Khan from launching his diabolical Goliath superweapon on London. The story and characters just jump from the page and you have some great banter and character beat moments as a team of strangers slowly gain a mutual respect of each other as they slowly gel as the team that prevents London from being nuked off the map by an Anti Matter weapon.
Lex McDonald gives us a set of characters that pull inspiration from various sources. And the story obviously takes its inspiration from a number of war movies and even manages to channel a little James Bond with some rather fun gadgets.
Released back in 2016 by UK Publisher Markosia. Assault On Fortress Doom is one of the many brilliant stories that you will miss out on if you are the type that completely bypasses comics from Independent writers when in your local comics store. And it is one graphic novel that I was very glad to find when browsing Markosia’s website.
McDonald comes up with some awesome characters and they are drawn beautifully by Edgar Machiavello who also draws some fantastic action beats. I love the panels at roughly halfway where the team is hanging underneath a cable car while making there way up to the fortress. The colours and shading throughout this comic are a pure joy.
If you’re looking for some pulpy fun to read. It is part tribute to the soldiers that fought during the second world war as well as a loving homage to Pulp stories.