The Russian and German tank brigades clash on the Russian front. Piotr and Ginger are barely avoiding fire from the Superpanzers until they discover something odd about the Panzer tank column. Meanwhile, Karl and Freddie are swarmed by Soviet tanks.
World of Tanks: Citadel #2 is a World War II and tank nerd’s dream comic. It is 20 straight pages of German and Soviet tanks blowing one another up, and attention is paid towards the real-world tank facts. The Panzers are far more sturdy and powerful than what the Soviets put onto the battlefield. Armor is weaker on the sides. Tank treads can easily be shredded by mines.
Consequently, it’s difficult to approach for anyone who is not especially into this subgenre of war stories. The story is deliberate chaos with tanks destroying tanks. If you can’t identify the tanks at a glance, you’re going to struggle. The characters do help with this to a point, but I spent half the comic thinking Piotr and Ginger’s squad mates were German—make of that what you will.
The characters are still good, but you don’t get much dialogue from them that isn’t calling out shots and tank positions. Again, you must be very into this type of story to be absorbed, and I’m admittedly not the target audience even though I dug the first issue.
The artwork is effective in constructing this mass of carnage and bloodshed. P.J. Holden keeps the scenes detailed and shows the expression and body language of the characters very well. Michael Atiyeh provides a utilitarian yet appealing color palette that matches the grounded tone of this war story.
World of Tanks: Citadel #2 is a cool war comic, and it handles its subject matter with the skill of an expert on the subject. It may not be my preferred variety of comic, but I can see that it is a good version of what it’s trying to be. If you’re into World War II comics or historical war comics in general, this one is for you. Feel free to check it out.
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