Readers felt the immediate sense of danger closing in, of being trapped with the heroes. The story didn’t serve as merely an action-horror retelling of historical events WWII, but to introduce into the world a witch slayer, a badass woman warrior wearing heavy armor and carrying a sword that burns with purple fire. Pretty cool stuff.
At first I wondered: Why start this story in WWII? Then, I realized that I have no idea what time period Joe Golem takes place in, as the Sinking City was so far removed from our own reality. How the world goes from something somewhat familiar in Cojacaru to that, I’m not sure, but I’m sure that as their Outerverse universe expands, we may become privy to that information.
This two-part series is a good entrance for what I’m sure will become a big character in their expanded universe. Like Hellboy and Joe Golem, one of Cojacaru’s thematic through lines will be finding her place in a world that’s unlike what she knows. With a female lead character this time, I’m excited to discover how that will play out over time.
Creative Team: Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden (story), Peter Bergting (artist), Michelle Madsen (colors), Clem Robbins (letters), Katii O’Brien (editor), Jenny Blenk (assistant editor), Patrick Satterfield (designer), Ann Gray (digital art technician)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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