Set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, with a meeting taking place at the same time as the Munich Agreement, The Chimera Brigade is not your typical comic; the opening begins with an excerpt from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra, and a Totenkopf is making his patrol rounds. Before it is all over, the meeting’s attendees are severely divided.
On September 30, 1938, (also the date of the Munich Agreement before the start of WWII) in a mysterious city that was built in just six months, there is a meeting of super-powered humans and mutants. The attendees vary from Americans, Atlanteans, the French, Russians, and Germans. Some are scientists, some are wealthy, and some are just plain, old, run-of-the-mill skeletons with Nazi uniforms.
This book is split into two parts.
- The prologue: Mechano-Curie
- Episode one: The Final Mission of the Man Who Walks Through Walls.
Although I felt like it was a little slow to start; I found it to be an enjoyable read. I only wish that the second volume had been included. Keeping in mind that this is the beginning of a bigger story has me looking forward to the second volume. I must admit that, when I did a little research on Serge Lehman, there were a few comparisons to Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and it does indeed have that type of feel to it with the familiar-feeling characters in an alternate timeline way.
What do I mean by familiar characters? While not so much the Invisible Man or Captain Nemo, there is the Mechanoid armor which looks like it may have been built by a man named Stark. There is also a tall gentleman who, after some flying bullets shred part of his tuxedo, appears to have a symbol of hope on his chest. There are also a few other nods to American comics. The artwork by Gess has an old-timey feel to it that works perfectly with the story. So if alternate history, Ubermenschen, and philosophy are your thing, this book is for you.