The Witches of World War II

Paul Cornell, Valeria Burzo. TKO Studios. (160p) ISBN 9781952203183

The Witches of World War II

The Witches of World War II

Another of the first batch of approved books from NetGalley.

This graphic novel is written by the dark pen of Paul Cornell and wonderfully illustrated by Valeria Burzo, and takes us on a fanciful journey of a group of occultists recruited to play on the fact that Nazi High Command believes “in all this occult rubbish”

The story is loosely based on the true story of the New Forest Coven and Operation Cone of Power, and includes a ragtag group of occultists including Aleister Crowley, Doreen Valiente, and others in their bid to capture Rudolph Hesse a proponent of the Thule Society.

The story cracks along at a great pace weaving fact and fiction into a wondrous whole, with the illustrations supporting the mystical and prosaic but with a style that reminds me of some of the work in Hellboy comics by Mike Mignola whilst standing as their own.

Paul Cornell’s storytelling comes to the fore making it a believable tale full of tension and build the characters well considering the short time he has to do so, I especially enjoyed the Crowley that inhabits these pages.

A great graphic novel well worth picking up.


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London Falling

Paul Cornell. Pan Macmillan. (416p) ISBN 9780330528092

London Falling

London Falling

I’ve had London Falling on my Kindle for absolutely ages, probably a good six years, but I’ve just started up on Audible and chose this as my first book because of Damian Lynch’s narration.

I’m so glad I’ve started listening to it, three days is all it took to listen to the whole book, getting more and more excited as the story got darker and darker.

This is a brilliant romp through a dark supernatural London and the powers that inhabit it, the first of a trilogy and I’m so looking forward to reading the other two (which I do actually have on my shelf).

Quill, Costain, Sefton, and Ross make up a small police team after acquiring ‘The Sight’ which lets them see and sense the supernatural and mystical side of the world when the main suspect in their first investigation is slaughtered in front of Quill in the interview room.

Each one takes this differently and becomes part of the new supernatural world on their own terms, though as we get to the end of the book there is an extra tension added which raised the stakes personally for the team.

I love this style of Urban Fantasy, especially the darker ones like this. There is a good bit of procedural action in this whilst weaving a really believable mythology that drags the story forward at such a pace that it becomes breakneck.

Looking forward to rest of the series.


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