Iron Sky is an action packed ride from start to finish! – Flickering Myth
Written by Mikko Rautalahti. Art by Gerry Kissell.
Writer Mikko Rautalahti of Alan Wake fame and artist Gerry Kissell take the lead in this prequel tale to the hit science fiction/comedy film of the summer, Iron Sky. The original Iron Sky follows the fate of Nazis who fled to the moon in the wake of defeat in 1945 and return in 2018 to conquer the Earth with their armada of flying saucers. This tale, however, focuses its lens on the memoirs of Fuhrer and Reich Chancellor Wolfgang Kortzfleisch, and offers a dark glimpse into the propaganda machine and tight-fisted iron grip that allowed the eventual Fourth Reich’s return to power. There are enemies lurking in every corner, domestic and foreign, and as the Nazis scrape by and bide their time on the moon, they’re faced with a question where all answers lead to bloodshed: How does one maintain secrecy and efficiency in a vacuum so far removed from humanity in both the literal and moral sense?
It’s shortly after April 30th, 1945 that a small Nazi outpost in Antarctica has received word that Adolf Hitler has committed suicide, and that the war is over. Amidst talk of retreat, surrender, and lies, Dr. Stoiber proposes the only exit strategy that will guarantee a safe haven and the time needed to lick their wounds: the Nazis have mastered interplanetary travel, and will flee to the dark side of the moon. The undertaking is a massive one, one that will require all the supplies, strength, and manpower the Reich has to spare. Any who dissent to the idea are quickly silenced, soldier or doctor alike, not excluding Anna and Phillip Kortzfleisch. Dr. Stoiber seizes their baby boy, Wolfgang, and after a scorched-earth strategy of leaving no evidence behind, the Nazis make their way to the moon.
It’s September 8th, 1969, and Oberleutnant Wolfgang Kortzfleisch is prepping for a supply run from the moon back down to Earth. Decades in exile have given the Nazis time to develop technology independent of Earth’s resources, but certain items can still only be acquired the old-fashioned way, and it is of utmost importance that the Reich keep this a secret lest their manufactured claims of superiority to Earth and its people be exposed as a lie. With a list from the General of goods to acquire, some officially necessary (cows, fuel, tools), and some not-so-official (pornography, booze, birthday gifts), the team sets off on their run to a farmhouse in rural America. It’s during the routine raid that Wolfgang and his superior officer Major Lehmann get into a heated exchange regarding Lehmann’s disillusion with the fragility of the Reich and the lies they force-feed their people. Wolfgang sees this as an opportunity and murders his superior officer, commanding the team to burn the home and the bodies inside to the ground before returning to the moon with spoils in hand.
Fast forward nearly five decades to 2018, and Fuhrer / Chancellor Wolfgang has attained both the top seat of power and a certain bitterness for the goings-on around him. A Nazi superweapon, The Gotterdammerung, is nearly complete. Wolfgang is becoming more and more aware that to just survive isn’t enough to give a purpose…what he and the Reich need are conquest. His people have lived in exile, scraping by for years, by eliminating and “recycling” unnecessary weight on their resources – that is, sending any residents that reach the age of 65 to “Valhalla,” a promised paradise that turns out to be the end of a gun barrel. As the Fuhrer continues to bide his time, their opportunity presents itself in the form of a lunar lander with an American flag on the side…
Mikko Rautalahti and Gerry Kissell’s Iron Sky cracks wide open the deceit and brute force that allows Nazi ideology to thrive as close as across the ocean and as far as beyond the stars. It’s a darkly funny, uncomfortably candid tale told from the perspective of a man who recognizes the wrongs in his society, and seeks more to refine and improve upon them rather than change them for the better. Since birth, Wolfgang Kortzfleisch has been indoctrinated into a creed that favors uniformity, blind adherence, and ruthless efficiency. In Iron Sky, his attempts to reconcile with this ideology leave him longing for a bigger purpose for himself and the Reich. The only purpose big enough to pursue? World domination.