When Masks and Mobsters begins, we are taken straight into and brutal crime scene. The main character is Bobby and he is a hired gun for the mob who’s questioning a man at gunpoint and asking if he has been talking about his bosses dealings. This brings to light that this era is one of conflict, between mobsters and superheroes. This takes us back in time slightly, to the beginning of that day, with Bobby meeting his boss, Sicario as he gets out of the slammer after an overnight stay. He’s irate and tells Bobby to find out whose been talking to particular superhero, Dr. Daylight. Of course Bobby obliges and a mass killing spree occurs.
Then he is taken to a bar with a poker game, where Bobby walks in to a conversation about the superheroes, and how much easier life would be without them. They all know our hired gun, because his farther used to do the same job. This brings in some revelations, and some huge twists that I’m sure you won’t expect; I know I didn’t.
Masks and mobsters is one of the many digital first releases that come through many different digital comic store. It’s not often I pick up these, unless I know about them, or the cover is awesome. In this case, the cover is AWESOME. It has a real old school gangster style look to it, which is the same feeling you get throughout this book. Mike Henderson really brings you back to the Godfather/Goodfellas style mobsters, with a brilliant superhero twist that really works well with the brilliant writing style throughout this issue.
Joshua Williamson is the writer of the first chapter of this crime anthology and it’s very apparent that Josh has a real talent for writing this style of book. Although it’s only 17 pages the writing feels like you want to read on more and more. The whole story really has a familiar kind of feel because you can see the influences of the crime style, with a superhero twist that really appeals. This combined with the black and white art style make for a really cool start to a great story.
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