Nerdlocker Reviews – Men of War #1


Jim – I will state this with every review I write for the DC Relaunch, I’m a Marvel guy so I know very little of the DC world beyond the heavy hitters (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc.), and even to that end I have not kept up with their latest story lines. I found the recent relaunch extremely enticing in that I might find a better connection with these characters. I’m a huge history buff, but never really cared for the propaganda comics of World War II, like Captain America and Sgt. Rock. But much like Marvel’s Steve Rogers, I was super impressed with DC’s Men of War. They have relaunched the commando title with Joe Rock as the lead character. Yes, I’m taking liberties, it’s not Frank Rock and technically Joe fights the whole book not wanting to be a sergeant, but you get the point. I enjoyed the covert operation story and it looks like they are setting up this team of heroic yet non-super-powered men against individuals with powers of sorts. I find that to be an interesting dynamic and look forward to see how they accomplish this. I also find it ironic that this team seems to be fighting an individual with extremely potent powers, yet Green Arrow goes after second tier losers who just happen to have powers. Again, lame for Oliver Queen. All in all, I enjoyed the story and give it 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Bobby – What I will say about Men Of War is that it was a very interesting way of starting the new title. I know absolutely nothing about the character and they prepared for that very well. I was expecting pages and pages of history about the original Sergeant Rock regardless of the fact that it was starting over. So much was invested in that character originally, I didn’t think they would throw it all away and start anew. At the very least, I expected old style comic art to force you to reminisce, which I am not too fond of in modern comics. I am all for paying tribute, but you need to attract new readers. Artist Thomas Derrenik really showed depth to the NEW main character of the book and Ivan Brandon wrote him to seem heavily adrift and alone. Brandon is known for writing the Doc Savage series which is a personal favorite of mine. I can see a familiarity in the two stories that I rather enjoyed. I give this book 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Cubby – This is probably the one book I was most skeptical about. War comics are really hit-or-miss as they can either be really campy or too serious which in turn makes them campy. This didn’t feel like that at all. Reading through, I was convinced this took place somewhere else in the DC multiverse by how real it felt. Everything from the slang the characters used to describe their guns and operations, to the detail in the panels. It wasn’t until the unexpected superhuman battle that happens half way through do you realize superheroes exist. One thing that did get to me was the future Sgt. Rock being stubborn about getting a promotion. Other than that this book blew me away and I can’t wait to read more. I’m going to give it 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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