Published by Vertigo May 2014
Writer: Rob Williams
Pencils: Simon Coleby
Incs: Gary Erskine
Colorist: JD Mettler
Letters: Wes Abbott
Cover: Coleby & Mettler
WWII Europe and the war is raging on, not the war that we know of. This is an alternate reality where most of history has followed a similar course to our own. One major difference is that all the Royal Houses of the world are superhumans.
Prince Henry of England was the first Royal to join the war effort. That broke a long agreement that the Royals would keep out of wars. Hentu was soon followed by his elder brother, Arthur. Their involvement attracted the attention of the Emperor Jimmu of Japan. Princess Rose killed Prince Akishino.
Last issue dealt with the Battle of Midway, where would Royals battle Royals next…?
Rose dreams of Stalingrad… The Queen has some form of super-powered mental health episode…
Winston Churchill has a mission for Rose and Henry. a member of the House of Hanover is stuck in the city. Appalled by the Nazi treatment of Jews and Romanis Oscar wants to cross over.
Stalingrad has been locked in battle for two years and is a hunting ground for snipers. Before they reach Oscar he encounters someone else. Tsar Vasily
The world of The Royals is fleshing out more and more. Most of the human world is so vlose to the real world that it aids the suspension of disbelief. The story delves in to the family histories a little and explores Henry and Rose’s feelings for each other.
Tension has increased and it feels like something big is coming for the next two issues. Rob Williams does ‘something big’ quite well.
Simin Coleby, Gary Erskine and JD Mettler have combined to present us with some amazing pages. The detail in the London panorama on page 6 for example but also the oppressive Stalingrad scenes and the characterisation of Vasily.
This series is pretty much perfect in my opinion.