Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Indy Comic Week - Iron Ghost

Iron Ghost #1

Penciller/Inker: Sergio Cariello
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Colorist: Rick Hiltbrunner
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Cover Artist & Character Designs: Flint Henry
Editor: Stephen Nilson

Summary – Behind the Iron Curtain, the city of Berlin is being bombed into the ground. The year is 1945 and the Allied Forces are successfully bringing the fight to the Third Reich from the air. While on the ground a mysterious vigilante called the Iron Ghost is bringing the fight to the criminals, no matter what their status is.


The Good –

First of all this is one good looking book. I’ve been impressed with the artwork of Sergio Cariello since I read a story by him and Denny O’Neil in Legends of the Dark Knight some years ago. Teaming him up with another excellent action writer like Chuck Dixon is a great move. You can always count on him for a great action tale.

The identity of the Iron Ghost is a mystery throughout the issue. We see him deal his violent brand of wartime justice twice, but are not given any clues to his identity. A short list of suspects is introduced though in the form of behind the scenes political storylines.

What make this book very unique is that this is one of the few books featuring a vigilante operating during a war. Is he a soldier? A civilian? Which side is he fighting for?

I imagine all of these questions will be answered in due time, most likely before the end of the mini series.

The overall production on this book (and the ATP books in general) is quite good. The coloring, lettering and overall interior design of the book is very high quality. It is a good move on ATP to offer their lettering and coloring service to other creators as it is very unique and looks good.

Iron Ghost was brought to life by Flint Henry and Chuck Dixon. I posted Flint Henry’s character design sketch below, it is what got me interested in this book in the first place. I think he is a very interesting character in the tradition of the Shadow and other pulp heroes.

Issue 1 is out on the stands now, so be sure to pick it up.

The Money Shot –


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