In this graphic novel, we’re plunged into a mystery during the fall of Nazi Germany. It’s Berlin in 1945, as the city crumbles under air assaults & the Nazi regime collapses. Two German police detectives try to solve a string of murders.
Dixon pulls out an unusual setting for his story, and challenges the usual practice of making all WW II Germans “evil.” The detectives are not invested in the survival of the Nazi party; they are just trying to do their job, like good cops the world over. Cariello & Henry deliver the goods in showing us the war-torn Berlin – crumbling, with the occasional spurts of explosions. Nazi officers scrambling to save their hides from the advancing Allies, a vengeful figure stalking those he has judged worthy of destruction, and a rumpled detective doggedly pursuing evidence of murders in the worst of circumstances, all these circle round about as Berlin falls to pieces.
It’s a fine, unusual read, with engaging and striking artwork. Check it out.