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Review: Chasing Hitler #1

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

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #13

Adventure Time Comics #13

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Jai Nitz, Max Davidson, David Degrand
Artists: Antonio Sandoval, Devmalya Pramanik, Luca Claretti, David Degrand
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kim Myatt
Subscription Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Incentive Cover: Sean Chen
Price: $3.99

During a game of hide and seek, Finn finds himself lost in the land of the Forgotten. In another tale, we find the unlikeliest of heroes united to save Finn and Jake: Magic Man and Tiny Manticore!

AfterShock Announces Fu Jitsu from Jai Nitz

This September, AfterShock launches a brand new series from writer Jai Nitz and artist Wes St. Claire, Fu Jitsu!

Fu Jitsu is the world’s smartest by, and has been for the last hundred years. Wait, what? Fu is an un-aging genius, and has had adventures around the globe and around the galaxy. From Einstein and the Wright brothers, to Gandhi and Johnny Unitas, Fu has met everyone in history while protecting Earth from Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man, and his dangerous magi-science.

Fu exiles himself to Antarctica to try to forget the painful break up with his ex-girlfriend, Rachel. Meanwhile, Wadlow returns from the far-flung future and sends James Dean, his ultimate assassin, to kill Fu at the South Pole. And you thought your teenage years were tough?

Fu Jitsu #1 comes to shelves September 27, 2017.

Preview: Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Amanda Waller #6

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Amanda Waller #6

(W) Jai Nitz, Vita Ayala (A) Cliff Richards, Matt Merhoff (CA) Mike Huddleston
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $4.99

El Diablo is the most wanted man in the world-wanted by Checkmate, the Suicide Squad and now Justicia, the Mexican Justice League. Cornered, beaten and bloody, will Chato choose love, revenge or freedom? Will he sacrifice his freedom to save the woman he loves or kill the man he hates? Or will he die in the desert again? If he dies, he won’t be alone. And in this issue’s second tale, held prisoner in her own mind by a powerful drug, Waller must face the things she’s done to get to where she is, while the Squad struggles to survive being hunted by killers who know their weaknesses!


Preview: Suicide Squad Most Wanted #5: El Diablo and Amanda Waller

Suicide Squad Most Wanted #5: El Diablo and Amanda Waller

(W) Jai Nitz, Vita Ayala (A) Cliff Richards, Matt Merhoff (CA) Mike Huddleston
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $4.99

El Diablo, Azucar and Xolotl fight a Suicide Squad reloaded! It’s a bad-guy battle that only gets more complicated when the heroes arrive! El Diablo and his friends barely escape only to be trapped by Deadshot! And, in a tale starring Amanda Waller, the Wall is back in her role as deprogrammer and tasked with cracking a catatonic agent who has vital intel on the Squad’s current mission. The clock is ticking when Amanda finds herself exposed to a toxin that may take her, and the whole team, down the rabbit hole.


A High School Senior is Writing Her First Comic Book Being Published by Red 5 Comics

Hayley Nitz is a high school senior and avid comic fan who dreams of one day becoming a comic book writer in her own right, and is already writing at a professional level.  She’s also the niece of Jai Nitz who actually is a comic book writer – he co-created the DC Comics character EL Diablo recently seen in Suicide Squad. Together the two of them have taken a classic alternate history question and brought a new spin to it in Chasing Hitler.

The story spun out of Hayley’s American History class after she learned that Hitler’s body was never identified after World War II leading her to start playing with the idea of  “what if he survived”.

The story begins at the end of the war where Majors Alex Taylor and Conner Walsh come face to face with the Fuhrer during his attempt to fake his own death and flee the fall of Germany.  Unable to get anyone to believe them, Taylor and Walsh refuse to give up, pursuing clues of Hitler’s survival across continents and meeting new allies and villains along the way.  Will they bring history’s greatest criminal to justice?

The answer will be told in 2017 … if Chasing Hitler gets made. Red 5 Comics has optioned the series for publication once it is finished.  Hayley and Jair Nitz are running a Kickstarter campaign as we speak to raise funds for issues 2-4 in order to bring this story to you.

Chasing Hitler will be a four issue series written by Jai Nitz and Hayley Nitz with art by Jethro Morales and covers courtesy of Greg Smallwood, Mike Norton, Nathan Szerdy, and Phil Hester.


Preview: Grimm Omnibus

Grimm Omnibus

writers: Marc Gaffen, Kyle McVey, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Jai Nitz
artists: Jose Malaga, Rod Rodolfo, Daniel Govar
cover: Photo
FC • 496 pages • $39.99 • Teen+


Welcome to the world of Grimm, the acclaimed NBC series now expanded to original, in-continuity comics! Written by show creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, plus show writers Marc Gaffen and Kyle McVey, the entire 2013-2014 Grimm comic book series is collected in this massive Omnibus Edition, assembled for the first time alongside the “Portland, Wu” one-shot special and “The Warlock” miniseries (by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jai Nitz)!

Homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin must maintain order on the streets of Portland… which is no easy feat, as secret societies of mythological creatures known as Wesen threaten the balance of peace and power! Whether journeying to Europe in pursuit of the fabled Coins of Zakynthos, getting drawn into the personal vendetta of a madman, racing to save a missing girl with Wesen connections, or facing a seemingly invincible Warlock, the detectives — joined by the wolf-like Monroe and Sergeant Drew Wu — face all-new threats and uncover secrets unexplored in the television series itself!


Review: Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Boomerang #1

SSQMWEDB_Cv1_AFrom the pages of Suicide Squad comes an all-new series featuring two of the team’s most infamous heroes, El Diablo and Boomerang! First, a sudden pardon frees the fiery El Diablo from Belle Reve prison, much to the shock (and irritation) of team leader Amanda Waller. Chato returns to his old neighborhood to reunite with his family, but when he’s attacked by a heavily armed local gang and their leader, the deadly, super-powered Bloodletter, will his freedom and his life get cut dramatically short?

Meanwhile, in the first chapter of two-part tale written by Michael Moreci (from DC’s Writers Workshop program) with art by Oscar Bazaldua, Boomerang and the Squad embark on a mission to take down a ruthless dictator within a small, unstable Central American nation, but when the mission goes awry, the Squad must jump in a helicopter and flee as all hell breaks loose. But amid the chaos, the team realizes one of them was accidentally left behind: Boomerang! How can he stay alive long enough to be rescued when a whole army wants him dead?

DC Comics has been putting various members of the Suicide Squad into the spotlight with a series of comics that give you a double feature. With this latest volume we get to learn more about El Diablo and Boomerang, two of the standouts from the Suicide Squad film. Suicide Squad: Most Wanted: El Diablo and Boomerang is written by Michael Moreci and Jai Nitz with art by Oscar Bazaldua and Cliff Richards and it’s really entertaining with two solid stories that stand on their own.

El Diablo’s tale is handled by Nitz and Cliff Richards dives deep into the character’s background adding rich layers that’ll entertain those old and new to him. It’s a solid story that creates a sympathetic character that you want to cheer for. A bad guy with a moral code who can, and does, horrible things. This is the sympathetic gang member in many ways. Nitz also shakes things up quite a bit having El Diablo take a step away from the Suicide Squad, but what interaction he has with the group and Waller is impressive. The story had me engaged and wanting to see what happens next. It’s a step away from the Squad for the character that works really well.

Moreci and Bazaldua gives us the Boomerang story and casts the character in the light you’d expect. A lot of action, with a mix of humor, this is one we get to see Boomerang for what he really is, self-centered and out for himself in many ways. He’s not a team player as evidence here and not popular with his co-workers. The action is solid, the setting good, and while we’ve seen this type of story before, Moreci’s pacing and Bazaldua’s art makes it well worth the read.

A solid comic that kicks off in a much better way than the pervious volume featuring Deadshot and Katana. The pacing here is much better and each story really grabs you in their own ways. If you’re a fan of the characters or want to learn more about them, this is a must get.

Story: Michael Moreci, Jai Nitz Art: Oscar Bazaldua, Cliff Richards
Story: 7.9 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

Trish Trash Roller Girl of MarsIt’s new comic day tomorrow and we’ve got our picks in a little while. What are you looking forward to?

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Cosplayer Arrested For Bringing Fake Gun On Train – Really surprised this doesn’t happen more often.

Forbes – Deradicalizing Pakistan Through Comic Books – A very interested read.

The Beat – Report: March trilogy has sold so many copies the printer ran out of paper – This is amazing and well deserved that it’s in so much demand.

The Beat – Daniel Clowes’ Wilson film gets pushed to 2017 – Can’t wait for this movie.

The Nerds of Color – Hard NOC Live from SDCC 2016: Jai Nitz – The creator of DC’s EL Diablo!

Panels – “Kim & Kim” & Transgender Narratives In Comic Books – An absolute must read.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Food Wars Vol. 13

ICv2 – Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars Vol. 1

Preview: Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Boomerang #1

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Boomerang #1

Written by: Michael Moreci, Jai Nitz
Art by: Oscar Bazaldua, Cliff Richards
Covers Mike Huddleston

From the pages of SUICIDE SQUAD comes an all-new series featuring two of the team’s most infamous heroes, El Diablo and Boomerang! First, a sudden pardon frees the fiery El Diablo from Belle Reve prison, much to the shock (and irritation) of team leader Amanda Waller. Chato returns to his old neighborhood to reunite with his family, but when he’s attacked by a heavily armed local gang and their leader, the deadly, super-powered Bloodletter, will his freedom and his life get cut dramatically short?


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