In Review: Sledgehammer 44 #2

The cover: When I first saw this cover I was nonplussed. It seemed too busy on the top and too empty on the bottom. Then I read the issue. Holy cow, does this summarize the story well! Perfect image by Mike Mignola with spot-on coloring by Dave Stewart; and I should have paid more attention to his work at the top and the bottom to clue me in to what was coming. Overall grade: A+

The story: A disguised group of Nazis with a tank have surprised four soldiers and the unconscious Sledgehammer. Dale Glesham isn’t going to go out without a fight and attacks the Germans, who are cut down, but not without a price: Pat Redding, his friend, is seriously wounded. This is a solid WWII tale, but things go cosmic on Page 10. We learn some more of this suit as the story transcends our Earthly realm. There’s something to love in every page of this story by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi. What makes this a truly engaging story is that one man shows “concern” and makes an amazing choice. The results of this decision must be shown in future books! Overall grade: A+

The art: This looked like the action scenes of Frontline Combat mixed with the supernatural aspects of Mignolabooks. I know this was to have been drawn by John Severin, but Jason Latour honors his memory by creating a masterful mash-up of genres. The action is amazing and Page 10 is the start of something stunning. Fantastic! Overall grade: A+

The colors: Great job from Dave Stewart, who uses faded colors to make this story authentically old for modern readers. When the colors are most vivid they’re used for a horrific future sequence. I say again, “Great job!” Overall grade: A+

The letters: Solid dialogue with limited sound effects from Clem Robins, though I’m leaning toward Latour putting the sounds onto his art himself. Overall grade: A

The final line: This was exciting, moving and stunning in how one man can make a difference. This is the most patriotic comic I’ve read since Captain America was created. If you’ve felt that the Hell on Earth storyline has been depressing, read this and feel optimistic about the ability of man. Overall grade: A+

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