Eliot Ness Confronts His Personal Demons In Tommy Gun Wizards #2

by Brendan M. Allen

In their struggle to take down Al Capone and his bootleg-magic operation, Eliot Ness and his Untouchables must navigate corrupt church officials, mystically enhanced bruisers, and ruthless wizards with obscure intentions who pull the strings behind the scenes. But can Ness keep up without succumbing to his own dark side?

A new genre-bending comic series from Christian Ward, artist of the acclaimed sci-fi epic Invisible Kingdom. Drawn by Sami Kivela (Abbott).

Tommy Gun Wizards #2 takes us back a few years from storyline present. “One year after the arrival of magic. A year before the ban.” That’s a good place to start. Basically, this is the turn. Generally, people have gotten comfortable enough with this “lick” stuff that there are public clubs where it’s openly consumed, and then some folks start dying. Yup. That’ll do it. 

Christian Ward uses this chapter to give some needed background, and that flashback sequence at the start eliminates the need for a lot of clunky exposition. Magic’s been around for a minute. Ness is no saint. Most folks use the lick to relatively mundane advantage, but there are a few who get seriously pumped on the stuff. Look out for those dudes. 

Artwork by Sami Kivela, Ward, and Dee Cuniffe is brilliantly suited to both major genres being thrown together. 1930’s Chicago is well represented by gritty, ordered realism. When the magic starts popping, the dress right, dress layout, panels and gutters give way to absolute chaos on the page. Muted browns and grays break into bright purples, reds and oranges. These elements often occupy the same sequences, but neither seems out of place right next to the other.

Tommy Gun Wizards #2 picks up the pace quite a bit from the last chapter. It’s almost nonstop action. Even so, there’s a whole lot to unpack here. I’m still picking up shades of The Damned and Moonshine, but Tommy Gun Wizards is starting to take on its own identity.

Tommy Gun Wizards #2, Dark Horse Comics, 25 September 2019. Created by Christian Ward (script) and Sami Kivela (art), color by Christian Ward with Dee Cuniffe, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, backup comic written and illustrated by Christian Ward, cover by Christian Ward, variant cover by Tula Lotay, published by Mike Richardson, edited by Daniel Chabon assisted by Chuck Howitt, design by Anita Magana, digital art by Allyson Haller.

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