‘Machine Gun Wizards #4:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Yes, Tommy Gun Wizards has become Machine Gun Wizards in the final issue of the series. The events wrap up and some threads are left dangling for possible future installments. We pick up right from wherewe left off, which is to say that the speed basically start at a 60! And they don’t really let off the accelerator until the end.

Christian Ward’s world wraps up here, and for the most part, it’s a fantastic ride all the way! At the end of Issue #3, the A- and B-stories finally merged, and the characters from both worlds are interacting now. Ness and his Untouchables are in for the fight of their life, but they have some mystical help from the Toad. Capone, on the other hand, is no slouch in the magical department, having merged with White. Ward’s lead characters are likeable, and, by now, they all have distinctive voices. If I had a criticism about the writing, it’s that I think that certain expectations that were set were not met. A specific example of this (which I think I’ve alluded to before) is the fact that Charlie Wilson is introduced explicitly as being gay, with absolutely no follow through on why that information was even divulged in the first place. It’s a minor quibble, given the totality of the series and its exploration of power and temptation.

Sami Kivela and Dee Cunniffe’s work is still eye-catching as ever.  The climactic fight scene feels frenetic and crazy, and both the art and colors totally heighten that feeling. Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s letters keeps things going with strategically placed speech bubbles that don’t get in the way of the action.

Overall, Tommy/Machine Gun Wizards is a real rush of a story. Great characters are set in an intriguing re-imagining of a tumultuous period. With some threads left dangling, I’m interested to see if we’ll see these characters again.  I’d love to revisit this world, especially with the same creative team.


Creative Team: Christian Ward (writer), Sami Kivela (artist), Christian Ward and Dee Cunniffe (colors), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letterer)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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