Comic Book: Block 109

"Enter a world at war."

A French Alternate History comic book series written by Vincent Brugeas and drawn by Ronan Toulhoat.

World War II kicked off in 1939. Then ...

Adolf Hitler was assassinated in 1941, Heinrich Himmler took over the chancellery, Reinhard Heydrich became Reichsführer of the SS, Berlin was rebuilt to Albert Speer's designs and renamed Germania (much like in Fatherland). The Third Reich conquered Western Europe and most of Africa, launched its Ragnarok program in 1942, and massively nuked the USA and the United Kingdom on may 8th 1945. Operation Barbarossa was launched in 1944 but the forces of USSR proved to be stronger than expected and ultimately repelled the German forces out of the Soviet territory. Himmler created the New Teutonic Order and died in an accident in 1947, he was replaced by his right-hand, an ambitious yet unknown officer named Zytek. Zytek rejected the title of "Führer" and now calls himself the "Hochmeister" (which is also his rank in the Teutonic Order).

The first album was published in a 200 pages small format in 2010 in France, it is simply titled Block 109 and is basically the keystone of The Verse. Four large format albums followed, they're all one-shot stories set in the same universe between 1944 and 1953 (some major characters of the first album make appearances at some points) :

  • Etoile Rouge (Red Star) - 2010
  • Opération Soleil de Plomb (Operation Leadsun) - 2011
  • New York 1947 - 2011
  • Ritter Germania (Knight Germania) - 2012

Two "trailers" for the first album can be seen here and here.

A fifth large format album entitled S.H.A.R.K is in the works and scheduled for the end of 2013. It is drawn by Ryan Lovelock this time.


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     The whole series / universe 

  • Dirty Communists: USSR is portrayed as "the Red Beast" by Nazi propaganda.
  • The Empire: The Third Reich. And Japan, of course (though Japan hasn't been featured yet).
  • Historical Domain Characters: Many historical Nazis and some Allied leaders show up.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: No time travel is involved, but the cardinal rule - don't kill Adolf Hitler - is broken. It caused The Purge (see below) and a more efficient and devastating German take on the war against the Western countries, even though the war against USSR turned almost just as hopeless as it happened for Germany in real life.
  • War Is Glorious: What the Nazi leaders continue to preach, much to Zytek's disdain.

     Block 109 

The story takes place in 1953. The Wehrmacht, the Waffen SS and the New Teutonic Order are desperately struggling against Soviet forces in the city of Marienburg, Pomerania, the bastion of the New Teutonic Order and the last line of defenses on the path to Berlin (it is basically the equivalent of the battle of Stalingrad in this alternate universe, up to the nickname "Cauldron"). Meanwhile, Zytek follows his own agenda...

  • Always a Bigger Fish: The Wehrmacht and SS forces in Marienburg repel a Soviet tank assault. Then the Soviet unleash their Walkers and Siberians. Suddenly, the Panzermann shows up, crushes some Siberians and tanks, and tears the Walker's arms off. The Panzermann is then destroyed by Soviet attack aircrafts.
  • An Axe to Grind: Miller's favourite melee weapon.
  • Faking the Dead: Zytek, during the SS assault on Berlin.
  • Final Solution:
    • 14 million Jews were killed in this universe.
    • This Holocaust and many others caused by the Nazis prompted Zytek to prepare a Final Solution against the warmonger humanity itself in the hope of ceasing the escalation of violence once and for all.
  • Gatling Good: The Soviet Walkers' weaponized arm. The other arm is a rocket-launcher.
  • The Purge:
    • Hermann Göring, Joseph "Sepp" Dietrich, Martin Bormann, Rudolf Hess and many other Nazi officials were arrested by the Gestapo and hanged after Hitler's assassination in 1941. Joseph Goebbels was spared, thanks to his propaganda talents.
    • A second one occurs in 1953. Zytek uses the New Teutonic Order to execute all the remaining Nazi leaders, including Heydrich, for what they've done to humanity, and annihilates the SS.

     Etoile Rouge 

October 1944. Three French pilots of the Normandie squadron fight alongside Soviet forces against the German invasion of USSR.

  • Cool Plane: Soviet Yak 3 (and later MIG 15) vs German jet planes (Messerschmitt Me 262, Focke-Wulf Ta 183 and Arado).
  • For Want of a Nail: A Soviet worker botches the reactor propeller of a new MIG 15, unvoluntarily. Marcel later flies on this MIG 15, and dies when the reactor explodes.

     Opération Soleil de Plomb 

October 1946. The SS invade Belgian Congo in order to seize its uranium mines. There, they face a harsh resistance by the remaining French colonial forces. In February 1947, a squad of convicts is sent to kill the resistance leader known as Colonel Leclerc.

  • Zerg Rush: The African tribes on the German commando.

     New York 1947 

December 1947. The US have been nuked for two years. A German commando of six men is sent into the ruins of Manhattan for a very special operation.

     Ritter Germania 

February 1950. Two Nazi officials are murdered in Berlin. The crimes are signed by someone who pretends to be the famous propaganda hero of the New Teutonic Order : Ritter Germania.

  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Joachim Stadler is sent to the hellhole that is the eastern front in winter instead of being executed, and freezes to death.


November 1946. Australia has become the last refuge for the remaining Allied forces who survived the nuclear apocalypse, and a huge camp for German prisoners. Worth, an untamed Australian fascist outlaw, enters the prison of Rabbit Flat, in the Tanami desert.