Masks & Mobsters exists in a world of crime, violence, honor, mystery, and danger, though there are some genuine laughs and small flickers of hope, too. As this is an anthology, each issue works as a stand-alone, but what is absolutely wonderful about the storytelling is that all of the issues are in some way connected, and a through-line is established as the stories unfold. The ways Williamson accomplishes this are very subtle and simple, but very effective. First, we consistently follow a few of the same characters around, mainly low-level mob enforcer Bobby Silver, and so as names are repeated or mentioned, we are able to piece together relationships and past events. Second, actions have consequences. A decision that Bobby makes in the very first issue has ramifications that run throughout the book, affecting both mobsters and masks. Events in one issue will drive a character to action in another issue. Character’s personalities and emotions boil and roil between issues, creating a real dynamic sense of time and space that catches you unawares, but which your subconscious has been relishing the whole time.
While some of the stories are dark, brooding noir tales and others are lighter and more comedic, they all cohesively form a whole, and come together to tell a larger story about Golden City and the toll the escalating power struggle between good and evil has on the city and its denizens. Most of the stories come from the mobsters’ point of view, and they obviously have a very specific opinion of the masks, but even when a story comes from a mask's point of view, they are often not all gleaming knight-in-shining-armor role models. In fact, at times you feel they may not be much better than the criminals they’re fighting. Underneath the masks or behind the guns, it turns out anyone can be petty, jealous, angry, or vengeful, and that is what makes Masks & Mobsters so entertaining and exciting. As the stories weave in and out of different perspectives, the line between mobster and mask becomes blurred, because even though the art is black and white, the world of Golden City is all grays.