As WWII draws to an end and the Allies surround Berlin, Adolf Hitler realizes that all is lost. Or is it? Two Allied servicemen are tasked with verifying Hitler’s death. When they can’t, the chase begins!
The idea of another Nazi filled comic honestly makes my eyes roll. The idea of Hitler not killing himself, that also creates a slight moan too. But, it’s not the concept that got me interested in reading Chasing Hitler #1 being published by Red 5 Comics, it’s who’s writing it.
Jai Nitz is the creator behind characters such as the Suicide Squad’s El Diablo and while his name is on the comic, it’s his high school niece Hayley Nitz whose idea sparked the series. It’s this creative team that and their backgrounds that have me the most interested in it all.
Jai Nitz is a talented writer and what I’ve read of his, I’ve enjoyed. Wanting to see if that talent extends to his niece is something that got me to read this. And, it would seem talent runs in the family.
Chasing Hitler #1 is the set up for the adventure to come as we see the wind down of Hitler in his bunker and his plan to escape as well as the two individuals who are tasked with verifying what has happened. While the first issue is a little choppy at times for the narrative, like the conclusion at the end, the story itself is entertaining and flows nicely. No moment is wasted and it all helps build out the two servicemen who are the center of our story. While they are a bit generic in some ways, they have enough chemistry to make things interesting.
There’s also some nice acknowledgement of history. When Germans surrender to the servicemen they’re presented with the prospect of being turned over to the Soviets. Their reactions feel pretty authentic and a nice nod to the reality of that situation (the Soviets reportedly didn’t treat prisoners as well as the rest of the Allies).
The art by Jethro Morales is solid. I really like the character design and the look of the comic as a whole. It feels set in World War II and a different style wouldn’t quite work. This is a good match of style and story.
Chasing Hitler #1 represents the start of a new voice in comics and it’s one that I want to see more of. This is an impressive start with a good concept, entertaining characters, and some solid art. There’s much further to go in the limited series so we’ll need to see if it sticks the landing but this start has me looking forward to the next issue.
Story: Jai Nitz, Hayley Nitz Art: Jethro Morales
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read
Red 5 Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review