World War Mob #1
Written and Created by Vito Delsante
Art and Color by Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Letters by Vito Delsante
Covers by Michael Manomivibul
New Paradigm Studios
Release Date: January 8, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
What a lot of folks never read about, with regards to the second world war, is that the Allies solicited help from every group they could. This included the organized mob, who had lots of ties to their homelands. World War Mob #1 explores this through the eyes of five men from different families who find themselves under orders to do the unthinkable.
The first few pages are a black and grey flashback of how life was for these men as children. The only exception to this monochromatic color scheme is when blood is shown. The red in these frames is stark in contrast and emphasizes the violence and desperation of their early years, where survival was more important than anything else. Jump forward to World War II and we see that same violence in full color as our Mafioso protagonists are shown fighting Nazis.
Another leap forward in time puts the reader in Sicily at the beginning of 1945. Contact with a representative of “Lucky” Luciano leads to a new mission for Captain Vincenzo DiGreco. One that involves the death of a very important man in Italy. At the same time, four other identical conversations are being held as the five Families each reach out to one of their own to put together the force needed to perform this homicidal task. Using the concept of “the end justifies the means” to convince their men to go AWOL, the mob uses the innate loyalty of these men to set plans in motion.
It’s an interesting set up that Vito Delsante presents to the reader. I’ve enjoyed the plot so far and look forward to the next issue. I believe it’s to be a four-issue miniseries. But it did seem a bit light on the artistic side. Though Giancarlo Caracruzzo does a passable job with it visually, there seems to be little depth to the artwork. I had no trouble connecting it with the story, but I felt it was slightly lacking overall.
That all being said, this is an adult comic, of that there should be no doubt. The review copy I received was censored for profanity several times throughout the comic. Cursing doesn’t bother me, but it leaves me wondering if the final release will be censored or not. I enjoyed the book, regardless. Sure, it has its faults but nothing that cannot be forgiven. If you like a bit of Godfather with your comics, this is the book for you. I say give it a whirl, you might find something you like here.