Son of Hitler Review
Written by: Anthony Del Col & Geoff Moore
Art by: McComsey
Letteres by: Jeff McClelland
I began reading this book with an open mind, not knowing where the story was going to lead me and other readers. Was it going to be a history novel? A complete fantasy comic involving one of the most hated men in history? I’m glad I had no idea. This story had a mixture of everything. Espionage. War. Secrets. Betrayal. And major MAJOR plot twists no one could see coming!
Agent Cora Brown is an agent of the resistance in WWII. A British spy who’s obsessed with killing Adolph Hitler. She gathers intell at all costs to complete that mission. At ANY cost. A few German traitors who want safe passage out of Germany give her the information that tell her can save the world or destroy it; Hitler has a son.
When Cora finds Pierre, the young man who is believed to be the fuhrer’s son, chaos ensues. He apparently inherited his father’s temper. There’s lies, deception, and secrets that further prove he is indeed the boy she was looking for. Or is he? He’s the only one who can get close enough to finally complete the mission. Kill Adolph Hitler. He has to get past some questionable people to get to him. The horrors ahead can only be expected when dealing with Hitler. No, it is worse than anticipated. There’s a major historical twist to Adolph’s death, and a major plot shift as well. That’s all the synopsis I can give. The layers upon twists are crazy good!
I must say I was completely surprised with the way this book turned out. I really did open it with no idea what to expect. The whole time I was reading it, I could not anticipate what was going to happen next. Yes it was an alternate history story, but also very much about spies and a lot of betrayal. Oddly, the betrayal wasn’t from the character I expected. I mean, look at the name of the book! It’s almost like the motivation was to kill who you’d think the main character is, but to me it was so much more about the trip and the things learned along the way. Pierre’s story was one of my favorite parts of the book. To think he’s a shy bakers’ apprentice then he goes full on Rambo on a house full of Nazis. When Cora tells him who he is and that she knows all about his life, his story is so sad. This peek into his life makes what happens all the much worse. That’s another thing that makes the book authentic. Not all heroes end up having a great happy-go-lucky “I saved the world” ending. However, the end was definitely not depressing. It played out like a classic 1930s or 1940s spy story with a much more creative plot. I’m a fan of black and white espionage movies. This book had that classic appeal with many modern twists. The art effortlessly matched the style of the writing. I could instantly tell that the writers and artist worked very well together. An overall great creative team up in my opinion. I’m so glad it isn’t colorful. The look of the book definitely grasps the era and the grittiness. I’ll be honest; I’m a person who can have a low attention span. I can tell if something interests me or doesn’t. I’m also an avid book reader. I read this with no distraction while also having genuine excitement for what was going to happen next. My brother in law is on the road a lot and reads like crazy. As soon as I finished this I told him he had to read it! It’s a breath of fresh air to read comics like this. They stand out. Not every villain or super hero are the ones who wear capes and masks. Some of the scariest villains are real.