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The Royals: Masters Of War #1 Preview

Postby LOLtron » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:36 pm

The Royals: Masters Of War #1  Preview

Catch the first look of a new 6-issue Vertigo mini-series by Rob Williams and Simon Coleby!



Source: Vertigo News

 

Vertigo's solicit says:

The year is 1940. As the Blitz destroys London and kills thousands, the Royal Family looks on. But in this world, the only people with special abilities are Royalty, and the purer the bloodline, the greater their abilities. So why don’t they stop the carnage with their powers? A truce between the Earth’s nobles has kept them out of our wars—until now. When England’s Prince Henry can take no more and intervenes, will it stop the planet’s suffering or take it to another level?
 
Writer Rob Williams (Judge Dredd: Trifecta, Low Life, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN and Daken) and artist Simon Coleby (The Authority, Judge Dredd: Year One and Trifecta) team up to bring you this epic of World War proportions. History will be transformed in a way you’ve never seen before.
 
 

Cover by:  Simon Coleby
Variant Cover by:  Brian Bolland
$2.99  (US)
32 pages
On sale:  February 12, 2014
 


Blair Herter adds his description of this hot new series:
 
 Imagine if the World War II history you studied in high school or college was a comic book, with many of the common comic book tropes firmly in place. We’re talking super powers, colorful and rambunctious characters, massive double-page splashes, betrayals—the works. The world is still at war, Hitler’s invaded most of Europe and is bombing London with frightening regularity and men are still dying by the thousands each week. However, beyond that things are wildly different. The ruling class—the royals—all possess super powers. What those powers actually are can vary, but it’s just the royals, and ONLY the royals, who have them. 



You'll also want to check out Blair's interview with Rob Williams in this week's DC ALL ACCESS by clicking here.
 


Update:  added additional lettered interior pages courtesy of Comics Continuum.
 






















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Re: The Royals: Masters Of War #1 Preview

Postby Draco x » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:16 pm

This looks like a very interesting book from Vertigo. I look forward to following up on it when I get the chance.

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Postby Juan Cena » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:05 pm

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It probably a good thing this is an alternative history, because The Royals would be full of fallacies if it wasn't.

In real life, Prince George, the Duke of Kent and brother of King George VI, was killed in a plane crash while serving in the RAF in 1942.

King George himself was a served in WWI as a turret officer on the HMS Collingwood, and saw combat in the Battle of Jutland. He served in both the Royal Navy and later in the Royal Air Force.

There would have never been a King Albert, as Queen Victoria asked her descendants never to use the name, as a tribute to her late husband and consort, Prince Albert. (George VI's first name was actually Albert, but he took the name George VI when he became King after the abdication of his older brother, Edward VIII.

The Royal Family were subject to the same rationing restrictions the British public lived under during WWII. Also. the King and Queen were in Buckingham Palace when a German bomb struck the Palace's courtyard.

Of course, it seems that Rob Williams isn't interested in presenting any kind of British Royal Family, fictional or otherwise, in any kind of favorable light. I'm sensing a heavy load of British Socialist anti-Royalist bulls**t.
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Re: The Royals: Masters Of War #1 Preview

Postby AngusH » Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:22 pm

Yeah, Rob Williams is clearly writing with an anti-royalist POV, but you know what... I thought this book was excellent. Super duper excellent.

Having said that, I lean much closer to anti-monarchist than I do monarchist. It's not something I'm particularly passionate about either way, however.

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Re: The Royals: Masters Of War #1 Preview

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:16 pm

I don't know that it is anti-royalist. Yeah Prince Arthur is an idiot, but the character that made all of the anti-royalist statements gets proved completely wrong with the issues' ending.
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Re: The Royals: Masters Of War #1 Preview

Postby Draco x » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:22 pm

I wonder if they ever made a movie out of this how the British Royal Family would react? LOL.

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Re: The Royals: Masters Of War #1 Preview

Postby Juan Cena » Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:42 pm

Stephen Day wrote:I don't know that it is anti-royalist. Yeah Prince Arthur is an idiot, but the character that made all of the anti-royalist statements gets proved completely wrong with the issues' ending.


The portrayal of the Royals as partying while London gets bombed definitely smacked of someone with an anti-monarchy agenda. Especially considering the fact that it didn't happen in real life.
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Postby Juan Cena » Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:44 pm

Draco x wrote:I wonder if they ever made a movie out of this how the British Royal Family would react? LOL.



The Windsors will probably be pi$$ed that their names were used for the fictional Royals.
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Re: The Royals: Masters Of War #1 Preview

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:49 pm

Juan Cena wrote:

The Windsors will probably be pi$$ed that their names were used for the fictional Royals.


Who gives a fuck? They're wastes of existence. :lol:
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Re: The Royals: Masters Of War #1 Preview

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:02 pm

Juan Cena wrote:
The portrayal of the Royals as partying while London gets bombed definitely smacked of someone with an anti-monarchy agenda. Especially considering the fact that it didn't happen in real life.


That scene came across as more of a government social event that the Windsor were just attending. The facts are that Prince Henry is the hero of the story and the end proves that the King has very justifiable reasons for his actions. Of the four members of the House of Windsor depicted this issue, three are written to be either sympathetic or heroic. I'd hardly say that equals an anti-monarchist stance.
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Postby Juan Cena » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:39 pm

Stephen Day wrote:
That scene came across as more of a government social event that the Windsor were just attending. The facts are that Prince Henry is the hero of the story and the end proves that the King has very justifiable reasons for his actions. Of the four members of the House of Windsor depicted this issue, three are written to be either sympathetic or heroic. I'd hardly say that equals an anti-monarchist stance.



I'm doubtful something like that would have happened in real life, at least not with all the lavish trimmings. It would have probably have been too big of a target for either the Luftwaffe or Nazi spies/saboteurs/assassins.

And I'd hardly call the King "heroic."
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Re: The Royals: Masters Of War #1 Preview

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:48 pm

Juan Cena wrote:And I'd hardly call the King "heroic."


I'm not calling him heroic either. I said the three are written to be either heroic or sympathetic. I'd definitely put the King into the latter category, but certainly not the former.
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