Review by Rob “Rob Base” Greenwood
Mike Mignola’s newest book entitled Sledgehammer 44 is something that can only be spoken about with high praise. He has without even trying created another Iconic hero in the simplest of ways.
The secret formula? Take one part WWII mix in Concrete (Dark Horse) and the ever-loving Blue Eye Thing (Marvel) and sprinkle a touch of Steam Punk and you have the makings of a fun and awesome adventure.
Set in 1944, a patrol of American soldiers are waiting to attack some Nazi stronghold. They have no idea who or what they are waiting for, but all they are told to do is provide back up. A moment in time can become endless in war but shortly after, seemingly out of nowhere, crashing in like a Sherman tank in true heroic style is Sledgehammer 44.
Is he Human or Machine? Or maybe a powder keg of both! No one really knows, one thing that is completely clear is that this book needs to be in your collection ASAP. We are supposed to give ratings but 5 out of 5 is meaningless with this miniseries. It’s in a league of its own and promises to be a fast and fun ride. With this first issue alone I was instantly reminded why we love and collect Comic books. Mike can truly do no wrong and you can see his love in this title. I will say that the art is a little bit different. The soldiers are drawn a bit like Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau. Yet the story is a classic American right hook to the jaw.
Sledgehammer 44 – #1 (of 2)
Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Jason Latour
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Mike Mignola
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror, Superhero
Publication Date: March 13, 2013
Format: FC, 32 Pages
UPC: 7 61568 18145 6 00111