Written by Ivan Brandon, Art by Tom Derenick, Cover by Viktor Kalvachev
Solicitation Info (from Previews): On the ground and on the front lines, a young, headstrong soldier known as Joe Rock assumes command of Easy Company – a team of ex-military men turned contractors. Will they survive the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DCU’s Super-Villains? Find out in this explosive new series from Ivan Brandon (Viking, DOC SAVAGE) and Tom Derenick (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!
Bias: When I first heard about this title, I thought it was pretty meh. A book about soldiers. Yawn. But when I learned they would be in continuity with the rest of the DC Universe, and taking on super villains no less…well, I got excited. In my opinion (and I was in the Army for eight years, but was a REMF, so take my opinion for what it’s worth), having the soldiers fight super villains is a wonderful allegory to the War on Terror (something the US Armed Forces were not designed to fight, but are doing an admirable job of), while also providing for interesting, intelligent stories (I absolutely love a story where the heroes have to think their way out of a problem.) I’m hoping for good things from this one…
What I liked: The artwork was technically and beautifully drawn.
What I disliked: A lot of the military and situational details just seemed wrong. I also didn’t like that the super human causing all the havoc was only shown in silhouette – I wanted to see who was doing this. I understand it was supposed to be a fustercluck of a situation (said that way for those of you with delicate sensibilities), but it left me unfulfilled as a reader, and that’s not what you want to do either. I’ll go into more detail in the comments. These little details just grated on me. The stories themselves were fine, and anyone without a military background probably wouldn’t care about them, so your mileage may vary here.
Verdict: Dropping this title due to personal bias.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.