ALEISTER & ADOLF

Sign O’ The Times

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher dark Horse Comics

Writer dou­glas rushkoff Artist Michael avon Oem­ing

You might have thought it was the com­bined might of the Al­lied Forces that won WW2, but ac­cord­ing to this tale it was ac­tu­ally the sex­u­ally-charged black magic rit­u­als of no­to­ri­ous English oc­cultist Aleister Crowley.

While that might seem far-fetched, much of what hap­pens here is based on fact: Crowley re­ally did de­sign sig­ils for Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence, and Churchill’s V for Vic­tory salute was also his hand­i­work. In­cor­po­rat­ing sev­eral his­tor­i­cal fig­ures, Dou­glas Rushkoff clev­erly weaves real-life events such as Ru­dolf Hess’s de­fec­tion into the un­fold­ing nar­ra­tive – though, de­spite the ti­tle, the Führer him­self re­mains a dis­tant pres­ence.

Opt­ing for evoca­tive grey washes for the more phan­tas­magor­i­cal mo­ments, Oem­ing’s sleek car­toon­ing is strik­ingly pre­sented in black and white, while his de­pic­tion of Crowley eerily cap­tures the essence of the man him­self.

Rushkoff con­trasts the ’40s nar­ra­tive with a fram­ing story about a web de­vel­oper dis­cov­er­ing the sin­is­ter rea­sons be­hind some dis­ap­pear­ing lo­gos. Af­ter this fascinating read, you’ll never look at a cor­po­rate in­signia the same way again. Stephen Jewell

Oem­ing plans to burn his orig­i­nal cover art, as he doesn’t want it to fall into the hands of “some Hitler lover”.

The goat had def­i­nitely had bet­ter days.

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