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on 14 August 2011
The Pax Britannia universe just got a little bigger and crazier, because Al Ewing has decided to join the party, and boy does he do so with a bang.
We're not in the London of Ulysses Quicksilver now, oh no; we're off to Mexico to meet an entirely different protagonist. When a group of flightpack-equipped Nazis invade a small Mexican village, little do they know that they are giving birth to El Sombra, their nemesis.
Drien insane by guilt, exposure and a powerful hallucinogen, the man in the red mask and black trousers descends, sword in hand, to wreak a terrible revenge.
Ewing's characters fizz, be they the crazy saviour of the village, his priestly accomplice, or their utterly monstrous adversaries. The action scenes, zippy and ridiculously violent, are fantastic as El Sombra battles steam-powered soldiers and mechanical spiders.
The conceit of this particular book, that we see the backstory of each Nazi as El Sombra slaughters them, works well, adding moments of black humour to what is already a joyfully guilty experience.
I can't wait to see what Al has planned next for his brutal antihero, and to see what the other corners of the PB world have to offer.