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-> ''"Enter a world at war."''

A French AlternateHistory comic book series written by Vincent Brugeas and (initially) drawn by Ronan Toulhoat.

UsefulNotes/WorldWarII kicked off in 1939. Then ...

UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[BoomHeadshot was assassinated]] in 1941, [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Heinrich Himmler took over the chancellery, Reinhard Heydrich became Reichsführer of the SS]], UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} was rebuilt to Albert Speer's designs and renamed Germania (much like in ''Literature/{{Fatherland}}''). [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany The Third Reich]] conquered [[AlternateHistoryWank Western Europe and most of Africa]], launched its [[NuclearOption Ragnarok]] program in 1942, and [[NukeEm massively nuked]] the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] and the UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom [[DramaticIrony on may 8th 1945]]. [[OperationBlank Operation Barbarossa]] was launched in 1944 but the [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets forces]] of [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn USSR]] proved to be stronger than expected and ultimately repelled the German forces out of the Soviet territory. Himmler created [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights 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), and he has an agenda of his own...

! Albums

* ''Block 109'' - The first album. It was published in 2010 in a 200 pages small format, and it is basically the keystone of TheVerse. A "trailer" of sorts can be seen [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbs84b_block-109-bande-annonce_creation#.UaSznkDDt0o here]]. A small {{prequel}} motion comic can be seen [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdic17_geant-d-acier_creation?search_algo=1#.UZ4LDJyQn-8 here]], explaining the story behind the empty Panzermann featured in the album.

Several 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 appear in them at some points):

* ''Etoile Rouge'' - 2010
* ''Opération Soleil de Plomb'' - 2011
* ''New York 1947'' - 2011
* ''Ritter Germania'' - 2012
* ''S.H.A.R.K'' - 2014
* ''Maruta'' - 2016



[[folder: The whole series / universe]]

* AllohistoricalAllusion: Too many to count. Hitler's death mirrors that of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, of all things.
%%* AnyoneCanDie
%%* BadassArmy: [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights The New Teutonic Order]].
* CrapsackWorld: This might be one of the worst "[[AlternateHistory Alternate WWII]]" scenarios. Hitler is assassinated in 1941, leading to ThePurge and a more efficient leadership taking control of the Third Reich and focusing more on the west. The war expands to Africa, Asia, and South America. Then the Nazis develop atomic bombs and destroy most of North America. They finally declare war on the USSR in 1944 but get bogged down in a quagmire that still isn't resolved by 1953, by which time only 30% of humanity remains. Conventional weapons used by both sides get increasingly high-tech and exotic, culminating in the Nazis unleashing a viral plague that creates a ZombieApocalypse. [[spoiler:Grand Master Zytek ultimately decides the best thing for humanity is to destroy everyone and restart civilization.]]
%%* DayOfTheJackBoot
* DirtyCommunists: USSR is portrayed as "the Red Beast" by Nazi propaganda.
* TheEmpire: The Third Reich. And Japan, of course (though Japan hasn't been featured yet).
%%* EndOfAnAge
* GenreShift: From war genre to horror and even FilmNoir.
%%* GoodRunningEvil: [[spoiler: Zytek.]]
* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: Many historical Nazis and some Allied leaders show up.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: No time travel is involved, but the cardinal rule - don't kill Adolf Hitler - is broken. It caused ThePurge (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.
%%* IwoJimaPose: Just look at the page's picture.
* LoweredRecruitingStandards: Foreigners and women were conscripted in the German armies in 1951.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: [[http://www.canardpc.com/img/news/44356/bloc109_carre_das_p1_51592_5646.jpg These guys]], combined with RedEyesTakeWarning.
%%* MegaCity: Germania
* {{Nazi Protagonist}}s: The whole series focuses on Nazi Germany's side of the war, except for ''Etoile Rouge''.
* NoSwastikas: Himmler chose a new symbol for the New Teutonic Order, a [[http://www.bedetheque.com/Versos/Verso_116296.jpg square pierced by an arrow]].
** Averted by Reinhard Heydrich. The SS kept the Swastika.
* {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s: The Germans, symbolized by the New Teutonic Order.
%%* ShownTheirWork: Vincent Brugeas studied history, and it shows.
* SovietSuperscience: The Soviets got mechas and jet fighters too.
* StateSec: There are actually two opposing ones within Alt-history Nazi Germany. The SS became Heydrich's personal organization after Himmler became Fuehrer, but Himmler also created the Teutonic Order led by an unknown officer named Zytek as a rival organization so that neither could become too powerful. This backfired when Himmler was assassinated anyway and replaced by Zytek.
* StupidJetPackHitler: [[CoolPlane Advanced jet fighters]], [[FutureCopter VTOL gunships]], [[HumongousMecha Panzermensch]], V6 cruise missiles ...
* SuperSoldier: The propaganda potrays Ritter Germania like this.
** The New Teutonic Order's SuperSerum makes them stronger, [[spoiler: but it kills them within a few days. It was tested on Der Ritter in ''New York 1947'']].
%%* ThoseWackyNazis
* WarIsGlorious: What the Nazi leaders continue to preach, much to Zytek's disdain.
%%* WarIsHell
%%* WarWasBeginning
* WeWillWearArmorInTheFuture: The New Teutonic Order, and Ritter Germania.


[[folder: ''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 [[AllohistoricalAllusion equivalent of the battle of Stalingrad in this alternate universe, up to the nickname "Cauldron"]]). Meanwhile, Zytek follows his own agenda...
* AlwaysABiggerFish: The Wehrmacht and SS forces in Marienburg repel a Soviet tank assault. Then the Soviet unleash their Walkers and Siberians. [[http://www.bdgest.com/images/news/Block109%20ex%20libris%202.jpg 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.
* AnAxeToGrind: Miller's favourite melee weapon.
* TheArk: [[spoiler: The Block 109 bunker. Zytek gathered 6000 chosen ones in this sanctuary, allowing them to survive his planned apocalypse]].
%%* BadassBeard: Zytek.
%%* BadassLongcoat: Zytek.
%%* BatmanGambit: Zytek's plan.
%%* BearsAreBadNews: See {{The Berserker}}s entry below.
* {{The Berserker}}s: The Soviet EliteMooks called "Siberians". They [[NemeanSkinning wear bear pelts]], throw themselves into fights with UnstoppableRage and slaughter their enemies with WolverineClaws.
%%* BlackAndGrayMorality: Zytek embodies the trope.
* BoardToDeath: After disposing of Heydrich, Zytek gathers the other major Nazi leaders in the Third Reich's command room so he can kill them all in one fell swoop for their endless crimes against humanity.
* ChekhovsGun: The man who shot Hitler has a [[spoiler: "109" tattoo]] on his wrist. [[spoiler: As Zytek dies, we can see it again on his wrist.]]
* CivilWar: The final battle between the SS and the Teutonic Order in Berlin is basically this.
* ColonelBadass: The Oberst piloting the Panzermann.
* CoolVsAwesome: Soviet mechas and Siberian berserkers Vs. German mechas.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Zytek]]. Because he lost the woman he loved and their child.
* DepopulationBomb: The Nazis wiped out 70 per cent of the world's population by nuclear fire. There are less than 800 million humans on Earth in 1953. [[spoiler: And even less after Zytek's final nuclear attack]].
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Zytek, when he was Himmler's dragon.
* DragonAscendant: Zytek. He replaced Heinrich Himmler after the latter's [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident "accidental death"]] in 1947 (it's implied that either Zytek himself or Heydrich was behind it).
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Otto Skorzeny]], who's something of a MemeticBadass of World War II, is unceremoniously killed by SlashedThroat after he boasts that he's the local SS commander to a member of the Teutonic Order.
* DualWielding: Zytek wields two sabers in the battle between [[spoiler: the New Teutonic Order and the SS]].
%%* EliteArmy: The New Teutonic Order.
%%* EliteMooks: The Siberians.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: At the end of the first album [[spoiler:Zytek ensures that the major powers of the world will be knocked back to the Stone Age to end the cycle of violence that already destroyed the world.]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Zytek, during the SS assault on Berlin]].
* FinalSolution:
** 14 million Jews were killed in this universe.
** [[spoiler: This Holocaust and many others caused by the Nazis prompted Zytek to prepare a Final Solution against the [[HumansKillWantOnly warmonger humanity itself]] in the hope of ceasing the escalation of violence once and for all]].
%%* FourStarBadass: Zytek.
* GatlingGood: The Soviet Walkers' weaponized arm. The other arm is a rocket-launcher.
%%* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Zytek]].
%%* GoodIsNotNice: [[spoiler: Zytek]].
* HeroicSacrifice:
** Miller, in the Marienburg subway. [[ZombieInfectee He was bitten so he's condemned to become a ghoul]] and chooses to stay behind his squad, [[YouShallNotPass facing the ghouls with his axe and enabling the others to escape]].
** [[spoiler: Zytek]] dies defending [[TheArk Block 109]] from SS forces, at the end.
* {{Historical Domain Character}}s:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heydrich Reinhard Heydrich]]. Has become Reichsführer of the SS and plots to depose Zytek.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henning_von_Tresckow Henning von Tresckow]]. Becomes Zytek's most trusted right-hand.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skorzeny Otto Skorzeny]]. [[spoiler: Ends up killed by a Teutonic soldier in the station of Marienburg.]]
* HumongousMecha / MiniMecha / AMechByAnyOtherName: [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdic17_geant-d-acier_creation?search_algo=1 German Panzermensch vs Soviet Walkers]].
* InMediasRes: it is the first published album, but the last chronologically.
%%* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha
* InterserviceRivalry: Himmler created the New Teutonic Order, which upset Heydrich. There is basically a rivalry between the SS and the New Teutonic Order [[spoiler: which culminates in the destruction of the former by the latter]].
* LoweredRecruitingStandards: As the war against USSR caused an increasing lack of CannonFodder, the Wehrmacht and the SS allowed non-Germans and women to join its ranks.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Charged with TheVirus and [[NukeEm nuclear warheads]]. [[spoiler: It is Zytek's scheduled LastStand against the Soviet Union.]]
* MoleInCharge: [[spoiler:Zytek was first recruited by the anti-Nazi Admiral Wilhelm Canaris before the war to infiltrate the Nazi Party. Zytek's decision to assassinate Hitler ended up creating an even worse war than he feared, but he was eventually able to ascend to leadership of the Third Reich so he could dismantle it from within.]]
* MoreDakka: The battles in the "Cauldron", including the trailer.
%%* NaziNobleman: Heydrich.
%%* NemeanSkinning: The Siberians.
* NoPlaceForMeThere: [[spoiler:When Lisa accuses Zytek and his men of being monsters for trying to destroy what remains of the world while declaring themselves the chosen few fit to survive, Zytek explains that he has no intention of saving his own skin and deserves to die for what he has been part of.]]
%%* OfficerAndAGentleman: Zytek.
* ThePurge:
** 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. [[spoiler: 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]].
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Panzermensch mechas.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: As Zytek dies, we can see the "109" tattoo on his wrist. It was him who shot UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in 1941.]]
* ShoutOut: [[http://www.geek-art.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Ronan_Toulhoat_Block109_5.jpg This?]] ''Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade''.
* SinisterSubway: The subway of Marienburg is populated by ghouls.
* SplashOfColor: This album's visual style is a mix of this with RealIsBrown and DeliberatelyMonochrome. Blood spatterings are always red.
* SwordAndGun: [[spoiler: Zytek against the SS in the final assault]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In addition to his plans of massive MacrossMissileMassacre on the USSR with V6 cruiser missiles charged with TheVirus, Zytek also planned a [[NuclearOption nuclear attack]], just in case. [[spoiler: It turns out he has planned to use it against warmonger humanity anyway]].
* TooDumbToLive: The Panzermann pilot in the trailer. [[spoiler: Taking a cigarette break outside of his mecha is not a good idea, especially when enemy snipers are lurking around]].
* UrbanWarfare: The importance of the battle of Marienburg in this universe can be compared to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Stalingrad Stalingrad]] in real life.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Zytek.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: The way Zytek disposes of the SS]]. He also executes hundreds of scientists who worked on his secret project.
* ZombieApocalypse: Caused by TheVirus / SyntheticPlague.


[[folder: ''Etoile Rouge'']]

October 1944. Three French pilots of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandie-Niemen Normandie squadron]] fight alongside Soviet forces against the German invasion of USSR.
%%* {{Ace Pilot}}s
* BashBrothers: The three pilots: Roland, Marcel and "Bébert".
%%* TheCasanova: Roland.
* CoolPlane: Soviet Yak 3 (and later MIG 15) vs German jet planes (Messerschmitt Me 262, Focke-Wulf Ta 183 and Arado).
%%* DwindlingParty
%%* DownerEnding
* ForWantOfANail: A Soviet worker botches the reactor propeller of a new MIG 15, unvoluntarily. [[spoiler: Marcel later flies on this MIG 15, and dies when the reactor explodes.]]
%%* {{Meganekko}}: Natalia.
%%* OldSchoolDogfight
%%* PropagandaMachine
* ReplacementLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Marcel becomes one for Natalia after Roland's death.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Roland and Marcel attack the German base without any order to avenge the death of "Bébert".


[[folder: ''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.
%%* DarkestAfrica
%%* DwindlingParty
* {{Historical Domain Character}}s:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_Leclerc_de_Hauteclocque Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque]] is still a colonel in this universe. [[spoiler: Turns out he has already died (either of starvation / illness from the jungle or killed by the local tribes) when the German commando reaches his camp.]]
** Otto Skorzeny.
%%* HopelessWar
%%* HungryJungle
%%* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice
%%* {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s: The united African tribes.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The SS squad that is sent to assassinate Colonel Leclerc is composed of convicts.
%%* LaResistance
%%* RockBeatsLaser
%%* [[TheSavageIndian The Savage Africans]]
* ShoutOut: There are a number of shout outs to ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' and ''Film/{{Platoon}}''. Belgian Congo is basically Germany's [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Nam]], even though they conquered it at the end.
%%* SuicideMission
* ZergRush: The African tribes on the German commando.


[[folder: ''New York 1947'']]

December 1947. The US have been nuked two years ago. A German commando of six men is sent into the ruins of Manhattan for a very special operation.
%%* AfterTheEnd
%%* AxCrazy: Der Ritter.
%%* BaldOfEvil: Der Ritter.
%%* BarrierBustingBlow
%%* TheBerserker: Der Ritter.
%%* TheBigGuy: Der Ritter.
%%* TheCaptain: Der Ritter.
%%* ColonelBadass: Der Ritter.
%%* ColonelKilgore: Der Ritter.
%%* {{Determinator}}: Der Ritter.
%%* DwindlingParty
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler: The SuperSerum is tested on Der Ritter to impressive effects, but it gives him increasingly painful headaches, and he ultimately becomes [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity crazy]] and [[UnstoppableRage uncontrollable]].]]
%%* GunsAkimbo: Der Ritter.
%%* HairTriggerTemper: Der Ritter.
* ImAHumanitarian: The survivors in Manhattan had to rely on this. And it was even worse when some of them became {{mutants}}.
%%* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Plissken, accidentally.]]
* InTheHood: Alice, on the album's cover.
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica: '''Nuked''' States of America, actually. New York was used as [[spoiler: an experiment field by the Nazis in order to test TheVirus on its surviving population.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Alice is killed by Der Professor.]]
%%* LackOfEmpathy: Der Ritter.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: [[spoiler: Zytek's orders to Der Professor.]]
* {{Mutants}}: [[spoiler: TheVirus created a new race of mutated humans.]]
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler: Der Ritter does this to a giant mutated human. The SuperSerum made him strong enough to fight such creatures with his bare hands.]]
%%* OneManArmy: Der Ritter.
%%* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* ShoutOut:
** The title is based on ''New York 1997'', the French title of ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''. Not to mention the collapsed UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty on the album's cover. And then there's ''Herr Plissken''.
** Alice is probably a nod to Alice Prospero, from the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film series.
** [[spoiler: The giant mutated humans to the final boss]] of the first ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''.
%%* TheSmartGuy: Der Professor.
%%* SuicideMission
%%* SuperSoldier: Der Ritter.
%%* TagalongReporter: Plissken.
%%* TrainingFromHell: Der Ritter has followed one.
%%* TranshumanTreachery
%%* UnstoppableRage: Der Ritter.
%%* TheVirus
%%* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Der Professor]].


[[folder: ''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.
%%* BadassBeard: Joachim Stadler.
%%* BecomingTheMask: Joachim Stadler.
%%* ByronicHero: Joachim Stadler.
* TheCaptain: Ritter Germania. Not only does "Ritter" mean "knight" in German, it is also the equivalent of "captain" in the [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights Teutonic Order]].
* CaptainPatriotic: Ritter Germania. He is basically a Nazi equivalent of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, with InUniverse tie-in [[PropagandaMachine propaganda]] [[ShowWithinAShow movies]] and [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cSnq1CPZc1I/T5uin73xsSI/AAAAAAAACTM/GydOxvju7m4/s1600/Strip+Ritter.jpg comic strips]].
%%* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler: Martha Sänger]].
%%* FemmeFatale: Martha Sänger.
%%* FilmNoir
* GasMaskMooks: The Kripo enforcement force. Justified, as they use tear gas.
* HeelFaceTurn: The actor (and elite soldier) who plays Ritter Germania goes rogue and [[SerialKiller slaughters Nazi officials]].
* {{Historical Domain Character}}s:
** Reinhard Heydrich.
** Henning von tresckow.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Kaltenbrunner Ernst Kaltenbrunner]]. He is Ritter Germania's second victim.
* InterserviceRivalry:
** The SS and the New Teutonic Order. The decision to choose a soldier from the Teutonic Order instead of one from the SS as the hero of the MasterRace upset Heydrich.
** The Kripo does not tolerate the Gestapo's interference in its investigations.
* KnightInShiningArmor: How Ritter Germania is portrayed by propaganda.
%%* MadeOfIron: Joachim Stadler.
%%* PoliceProcedural
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Joachim Stadler is sent to the hellhole that is the eastern front in winter instead of being executed, [[spoiler: and freezes to death]].
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning: Ritter Germania at some points.
%%* ShellShockedVeteran: Joachim Stadler.
%%* SecretPolice: The Gestapo, naturally.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Joachim Stadler. He is part of Heydrich's scheme]].
* VigilanteMan: Joachim Stadler. He kills street thugs and rapists.

[[folder: ''S.H.A.R.K'']]

November 1946. UsefulNotes/{{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.

%%* LandDownUnder
%%* POWCamp

[[folder: ''Maruta'']]