ALEISTER & ADOLF
Sign O’ The Times
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.