“Assault on Fortress Doom” stirs memories of classic war comics

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Just released by its talented creators – London writer Lex McDonald and Uruguayan artist Edgard MachiavelloAssault on Fortress Doom is an original, 172 page, full colour, World War Two set action/adventure graphic novel – and it looks terrific.

Anyone who hankers for the days of classic British comics such as Warlord and Valiant will love this – and if we’re showing our age, then think “bastard offspring of Star Wars and Where Eagles Dare“, and you should have a good idea of what to expect.

Still bemused? Then why not watch the trailer?

Assault on Fortress Doom tells the epic story of the greatest secret mission in history. It’s a mind-blowing mash-up of the war comics of yesteryear, the modern action/ adventure films we’ve all grown up watching and those awesome WW2 movies you fell in love with on rainy Sunday afternoons.

It does not feature zombie stormtroopers.

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The story opens on 7th May 1945. Hitler is dead and the world prepares to celebrate victory in Europe… but for a tiny band of courageous commandos the battle to save mankind from extermination has only just begun. Less than two hours remain until rogue Nazi General Wolfgang Von Khan launches titanic doomsday device Goliath – and so begins a rip-roaring, race-against-time with compelling characters, thrills around every corner and no small amount of humour to offset the pulse-pounding tension.

This entire project came about after Lex – a former script reader for Working Title films, who modestly describes himself “a day-dreaming IT project manager/writer” – and trained architect turned comic book artist Edgard Machiavello “met” on DeviantArt in 2011.

Somewhat bizarrely, they have never actually spoken, having written the entire comic via 2033 emails.

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Assault on Fortress Doom is a shrapnel ridden love-letter to death defying dog-fights,” enthuses Lex McDonald, who, like Edgard, is making his comics debut with this book.

“It’s got secret gadgetry that’s years ahead of its time; fights on top of cable-cars and stiff upper lips. It explores themes of heroism, sacrifice, the fate of nations and the many different ways to blow up Nazis…and while it revels in gung-ho action, there is – spoiler alert – a subversive twist.”

As soon as I saw trained architect turned comic book artist Edgard Machiavello’s impressive visuals, I was hooked, but who else might buy Assault on the Fortress of Doom?

“Our target demographic is people 10 and over who love history,” says Lex. “War stories, old-fashioned adventure… and more action than you can shake a stick at!”

Assault on Fortress Doom is currently available to buy on Kickstarter until 3rd December 2015 here

• For more information visit: www.assaultonfortressdoom.com

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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