Lick And Lack Thereof: Tommy Gun Wizards #3 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Nightmares abound as Lombard, Penn, and Donny meet up about recent events. Al Capone shows how unforgiving of failure he is to one of his hitmen and uses Mr. White to make an example of this man. While this happens, Toad manifests in the hitman to deliver a message to Capone. Toad’s patience for Capone is running low. After this, Capone has Caster summon the Black Coats. Penn pays a visit to Drake in regards to his concerns about Lombard before going to investigate a meat-packing plant. Elliot has a meeting with Candice while Mr. White makes a new offer to Capone. 

In the backup story, we learn the history of Toad.

Tommy Gun Wizards #3 cover by Christian Ward
Tommy Gun Wizards #3 cover by Christian Ward

Tommy Gun Wizards #3 finds the Untouchables trying to close in on Capone’s operations while the infamous crime lord continues to make profane deals to consolidate power.

Though I intended to check this one out on release, this is actually my first experience with Christian Ward and Sami Kivelä’s Tommy Gun Wizards. It seemed very much up my alley, and, I can gladly say, it is. It’s a magical twist on the story of the Untouchables against the Al Capone criminal organization. Things are weird and wild, but it’s fairly easy to keep the characters and their allegiances straight, even though I just came in this late in the game. That is pretty impressive.

The characters are interesting, the plot is intricate yet captivating, and the horror-fantasy of it is fairly creepy.

Tommy Gun Wizards #3 art by Sami Kivelä, Christian Ward, Dee Cunniffe, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Tommy Gun Wizards #3 art by Sami Kivelä, Christian Ward, Dee Cunniffe, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Sami Kivelä’s art is damn good to boot. The shading, detailing, and expressiveness of it makes every page grabbing as all hell too. It’s bolstered by the color work of Ward and Dee Cunniffe, who give a fitting and well-balanced palette to the book.

Tommy Gun Wizards #3 brings an explosive, shocking, and enthralling experience with its ability to mix horror-fantasy with Prohibition-era gang warfare. It’s a damn solid read with great visuals, and it’s easily worth a recommendation. Check it out.

Tommy Gun Wizards #3 comes to us from writer and cover artist Christian Ward, artist Sami Kivelä, color artists Christian Ward with Dee Cunniffe, letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and variant cover artist Ian Bertram with Christian Ward.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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