The Royals: Masters of War #3 (Comics Review)
The Royals: Masters of War has been a comic unlike any other. The premise of this 6-issue mini-series is that royal families have superpowers, and the purer the bloodline, the stronger the powers. Creators Rob Williams and Simon Coleby contextualise all of this by setting their story in the middle of the Second World War, just as the Battle of Britain takes place and in the first two issues, they’ve really pulled out all stops to deliver on the promise of the series, and to make sure that they establish their characters straight up right from the get go. The first two issues have definitely been superb in every way possible.
The third issue, out this week, shows the true scale of events in this series and builds upon the Emperor of Japan’s decision to take part in the war, following the impulsive interference of Prince Henry during the Battle of Britain. The compact between the various ruling families is thus broken and they are now free to do as they see fit. For the Emperor, that means crushing America in every way possible, as we see in this issue. And while the story continues to be superb, the art does the same as well, and once again ends up being a solid strength of this comic, because I absolutely loved the art here.
Last issue, we found out that the Japanese were intent on attacking Pearl Harbour and that they had brought their own Royals with them and that Emperor Jimmu himself had decreed it so. This put the Americans on the backfoot and changed the nature of the war entire since the sleeping giant was forcibly awakened. Now, the two British royals Princes Arthur and Henry are tasked with helping the American Pacific fleet in fighting against the Japanese fleet and finding some way to break through and lay siege to mighty Japan. Of course, they do have to go through Jimmu himself, who is present in person to deal with the British royals.
As with the previous two issues, the action here is pretty non-stop and this entire issue is one big naval engagement in which both sides employ superpowered individuals to give them that edge that is going to make sure that they succeed. At this, the mid-point of the series, tensions are high on both sides, and tensions are high between the characters themselves. Arthur and Henry are still bickering like school children and duking it out in full view of the men under their command, plus Arthur is throwing his weight around and being an A-class jerk, which seems to be his real superpower, if anything.
Rob Williams moves the story forward by showing the continued effects of Henry’s ill-advised interferences during the Battle of Britain. It might have been inspired and resonated with the soldiers, but it has thrown global politics off-kilter now, and that is very dangerous indeed. As we see in this issue, Henry is still being forced to suffer the consequences of that decision, and being in a battle is so not the right way to look for a solution. At the breakneck pace this issue moves at, things are really heating up and see some great scenes as the Japanese and American forces clash on the high seas.
Henry and Arthyr both got a ton of character development in this issue as Rob Williams continued to explore their relationship and how they are scene by the men under their command. Things are definitely not rosy though, as we see here. Far from it in fact since this issue had some great action and some great character drama as well, which really resonated with me, personally speaking.
On the art side, we have Simon Coleby doing the interiors with J. D. Mettler doing the colours and Wes Abbott doing the letters. As with the previous two issues, the art here was spectacular. So much tension in each panel, as well as the accurate representation of the Doolittle Raid in terms of the forces involved, and the characters as well. Lots of great splash pages in this issue, and every one of them was an excellent piece. Coleby’s characterwork is second to none and the same can be said of Mettler as well, which was awesome, since this is exactly the kind of caliber that I’ve been looking for.
Overall, a great comic that continues to make some serious waves.
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Posted on April 12, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged Comics, Comics Review, Emperor Jimmu, Franklin Roosevelt, House of Windsor, Imperial House of Japan, J. D. Mettler, Nazis, Prince Akishino, Prince Henry, Review, Review Central, Rob Williams, Royalty, Simon Coleby, Superpowered Royalty, Superpowers, The Royals: Masters of War, Vertigo Comics, Wes Abbot, Winston Churchill, World War II. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.