Island Under Siege

Fiction - Graphic Novel/Comic
165 Pages
Reviewed on 01/23/2016
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Reviewed by Kerliza Foon for Readers' Favorite

When I picked up this book, I was enticed to read more by the description on the back. S.T.E.A.M.: Island Under Siege is set during World War II. Hitler is still alive and he has sent his troops to take over the island of Malta. But he is not the only one. On the island, the people being terrorized by a serial killer and even the local police have no idea who it is. To help catch the criminal, they request help from a special ops group, one that specializes in the unknown. In come Father Hans, Captain Buck Davis, and Sir Richard Strong, with the help of their pilot Captain Ivan Vetroy. They set out to find the killer and, in the process, end up discovering ancient secrets that have been hidden for years. Now it is a race against the clock to stop the killer and the Nazis from taking over the island.

The characters created by Ashley Eric Peschel are captivating in their humorous dialogue and need for adventure. We see them develop. Each character has their secrets and their bonds are close, but it is clear that their pasts have shaped them into who they are today. Hopefully, there will be a sequel so that readers can find out more about their personalities and histories. At times, the art seems to contradict in the way the people are portrayed in the different angles, but otherwise the artist has the basics down well. The plot is interesting and it drags you into the story so that you're kept wondering what's going to happen next, or who the killer is, and how they are going to stop him. This book is a good read and at 166 pages it does not take long to finish.