Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables are trying to stop Al Capone from distributing Lick; a drug that grants people magic. Find out what happens when you mix guns, crime, magic, and 1930s Chicago in Tommy Gun Wizards #2 by Dark Horse Comics.
TOMMY GUN WIZARDS #2
Writer: Christian Ward
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Christan Ward and Dee Cunniffee
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Editor: Daniel Chabon
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 25th, 2019
Previously in Tommy Gun Wizards: Eliot Ness is on the crackdown of any business that is currently distributing Lick. No brothel or bar is safe from Eliot Ness’ rampage to uphold the law. However, when one of the Untouchables finds out that they are passing out Lick at a cathedral, well… it is Sunday time to go to church.
URBAN FANTASY IN 1930’S CHICAGO
Tommy Gun Wizards #2 begins with a flashback between Eliot Ness and Candice before magic was banned. Eliot witnesses a murder of a protester by Candice who is able to cause the man to be absorbed into the ground. In the present, the Untouchables are trying to break into the church but is under heavy fire by Al Capone’s men. When Eliot Ness shows up and crashes through the stained glass on a motorcycle, they are able to dispatch the remaining man. However, Al Capone sends in magic infused men to challenge Ness and the Untouchables. They are quickly overwhelmed but Ness has taken some Lick and dispatches all the magic users but not before one of them is able to kill the head priest of the church. Eliot Ness uses Lick to resurrect the priest and it is revealed that Al Capone is planning to sell Lick to every major crime family in the world. The issue ends with Candice looking after a giant frog that seems to be the source of the Lick drug.
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED
The premise of magic, 1930s crime in Chicago, and a compelling protagonist is all I didn’t know I ever wanted out of my urban fantasy. Eliot Ness’ is a compelling character who seems to be linked directly to the antagonists. In future issues, his connection to Lick and the magic underground is going to become more and more apparent and thus his motivation for what he does will become clear. I am looking forward to seeing this build up pay off throughout the future issues. It interests me that historically, Eliot Ness and his crew were supposed to be incorruptible. This version of him took a much different approach.
Urban fantasy is a largely unexplored genre. What happens when magic suddenly enters our world? Fantasy magic mixes with modern philosophy and morals. In this comic’s case, how do we profit off of magic during prohibition. It is an incredible genre that I think can benefit from more exploring. This book does urban fantasy very well and provides you with a few insights into how modern men and women would treat magic. Al Copone is an interesting villain choice and I wonder if they are going to follow his history. Is he going to follow to be arrested and put on trial for tax evasion or is this book going to try and rewrite his biography? What would tell the better story? Is Eliot Ness actually going to be married and get divorced in this series? These are the questions I hope to find out.
BOTTOM LINE: GOOD BOOK BUT NICHE MARKET
This is a great book that tells a story in its genre very well. The creative ideas involving a drug bringing back magic is a stroke of genius that I wish I came up with. This is a 4 out of 5 stars for me. If you are into urban fantasy; pick up Tommy Gun Wizards #2 by Dark Horse Comics. I’d encourage you to pick this up even if you are not into urban fantasy.
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Tommy Gun Wizards #2
The premise of magic, 1930s crime in Chicago, and a compelling protagonist is all I didn’t know I ever wanted out of my urban fantasy.