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Red Skull #2: Review

Aug 2011
Greg Pak, Mirko Colak

Story Name:

[Red Skull: Incarnate] “Chapter 2”

Review & Comments

3 stars

Red Skull #2 Review by (March 22, 2022)

Review: See full review at issue #1.

Comments: The object Johann Schmidt spies on the shopkeeper’s doorway is a mezuzah following an ancient Jewish practice. Google it.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Red Skull #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Berlin, 1926: Conditions are going back to normal, the Nazi movement is visible but believed to be a dying phenomenon. Johann Shmidt steals some food from a market but runs into a local gang run by Bormann who punches him, insisting he is the leader of the streets; Shmidt slashes him with a knife. Shmidt runs away, pursued by the hoods and finds refuge in a shop; the shopkeeper sees he is injured and Shmidt, recognizing that the man is a Jew, tells him he was being chased by Nazis because his mother was a Jew. The man and his daughter Emmy give him medical care, food, and a bed and he relaxes but sees Bormann looking at him through the window and smiling; the punk is impressed and tells Shmidt to find out where the man keeps his money….

Shmidt lives with the family but Bormann is always there keeping an eye on him. One night, Johann tries to open the cash register but has second thoughts; the shopkeeper sees this and they talk, the man realizing that for now, the strongest make the rules but that people like him and Johann can make the world a better place….

One day, a bunch of Nazis, looking for trouble, are directed by Bormann to the shopkeeper and his daughter; the man is attacked and he yells to Johann to protect Emmy. Bormann and his gang break into the shop; Emmy realizes Johann is one of them but he slashes Bormann’s throat with a knife and Emmy starts screaming so Johann punches her to shut her up and leaves with the money. A short distance away, he watches the shopkeeper die in the street and walks on….

Mirko Colak
Mirko Colak
Matthew Wilson
David Aja (Cover Penciler)
David Aja (Cover Inker)
David Aja (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Clayton Cowles.


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Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

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