Review: Simon Says: Nazi Hunter #1
When I was growing up, my parents tried their best to show me that the world was not fair. I remember my mother saying something how complicated it can be, and how difficult it can be, for people of color. It was not until years later, that life reminded me of this very lesson, as I learned about atrocities people who were different throughout history has faced. I learned of how colonization, often came hand in hand with slavery and oppression, can be found in traces of history.
Therefore, when there are stories of insurrection from these terrible times, we often find hope where there is none. One of the most recent ones, which is to me one of Steven Spielberg’s most underrated movies, Munich, where the Israeli government goes on a mission to right the wrongs of the Munich Games. Another movie, that comes to mind, is Mississippi Burning, the character of Agent Monk, that Badja Djola, was the one character whom I wish his story was extended, as he was the FBI’s secret weapon against the FBI. In Andre Frattino and Jesse Lee’s pot boiler of a thriller, Simon Says: Nazi Hunter, readers gets a different view of what happens to war criminals in hiding.
We meet Simon, a Holocaust survivor who has lost his wife and it is a year after World War II ends, as he adjusts to life in Berlin, where supposedly all the Nazis have been indicted. As the reader soon finds out, Simon, is not your average civilian, in fact, he hunts Nazis hiding in plain sight, as he is rather gifted at finding these dangerous individuals. We also meet Chris, his American handler, as he helps identify Simon’s next targets. By issue’s end, a higher -up shuts their mission down but not before Simon, finds the one Nazi who could get him closer to finding out what happened to his wife.
Overall, an excellent first issue which gives these brave men and women, who survived these death camps, a character that shows how hard it was live on without their loved ones. The story by Frattino is engaging, intimate and shows strong character development. The art by Lee, is beautiful and vibrant. Altogether, a story that fees like an emotional Sicario and one that feels even more important today.
Story: Andre Frattino Art: Jesse Lee
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy