Ryan Thomason

From the Comic Hold: Sledgehammer 44 #1

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Before you sigh and roll your eyes about another WW2, robots and Nazi shenanigans of Mignola and Dark Horse just give this first issue a shot at least.

18145Sledgehammer 44 #1
Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Jason Latour
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 13th, 2013
Price: $3.50


I’ll say, I’m pretty intrigued after checking out this first issue. Though I’m starting to get a little tired of WW2 being an overused plot device, it has it’s purpose of big bad guys for the good guys to beat up on. This time, with a robot that can’t take flak from bullets and turns Nazi’s into crispy French fries (well, they were in France when it happened.

Basically, from the first issue you can gather this, the Americans have a new toy, a robot, maybe a guy inside of it, probably not, machine of destruction. I wasn’t kidding about the fries thing, it shot a giant electrical current at some Nazi’s and fried them all up nice and extra crispy. Fights a giant nazi robot, starts getting it’s butt kicked, and then making it’s “backup” squad run away, fries the Nazi bot and the person inside of it. What’s interesting is the aforementioned backup squad that knows only that they’re there to keep the robot safe if the shit hits the fan, which it does. Especially at the end.

I like the story, it’s good enough to warrant checking out the first three issues and moving on from there after some analysis. You can see touches of Mignola, though the artwork is pretty well done by INSERT NAME. If you’re a fan of Mignola, his style and his work, this is worth checking out for that alone. It seems to have roots in his universe, but somehow doesn’t totally feel like it does is tantalizing enough to make you want to read it.

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