Fall brings onslaught of war comicsWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
September arrives and our thoughts are filled with visions of … war? That’s what DC Comics is hoping, as it unveils an entire month of reactivated war title one-shots. Why, you ask? Who knows for sure; although a good bet might be a bit of DC copyright renewal.
This week sees “Our Army at War” No. 1 hit the beach. It is an ode to not only the “combat-happy Joes of Easy Co.” but also to our troops in Afghanistan. The original “Our Army at War” first saluted in 1952, back when World War II was still a recent memory and combat overseas still seemed romantic and full of adventure.
DC’s legendary soldier Sgt. Rock premiered in the book and as is proper he holds the lead spot in this new No. 1. Rock’s a soldier’s soldier, the classic non-comm with mud on his boots and a heart of gold. DC couldn’t have picked a better character to kick off this event; Rock typifies war fiction. Those who’re familiar with the character may want to also take a peek at the recent “DC Universe: Legacies” No. 4, which features the tale of Rock’s final mission, a tragic story that DC has kept classified for decades.
Next week digs up “Weird War Tales” No. 1, a resurrected title originally launched in 1971. The one-shot features not only the earth-borne horrors of war but the supernatural ones, too.
The early 1970s brought about a revived interest in horror comics and “Weird War Tales” mashed them up with war tales for an often strange, sometimes goofy book. You want battles with dinosaurs, the undead and robots? Then this is your poison, soldier.
The rest of September is rounded out with “Our Fighting Forces” No. 1 (Sept. 15), “G.I. Combat” No. 1 (Sept. 22) and “Star-Spangled War Stories” No. 1 (Sept. 29). Featured characters include Captain Storm, the Losers, the Haunted Tank and that lovely French resistance fighter in fishnets, Mademoiselle Marie.
We just report ’em, folks — we don’t explain ’em.