Review: Sledgehammer 44 #1

Sledgehammer 44 #1

Story by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Art by Jason Latour
Colors by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins
Edited by Scott Allie

Review by Rob “Rob Base” Greenwood

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Mike Mignola’s newest book entitled Sledgehammer 44 is something that can only be spoke about in high praise. He has without even trying created another Iconic hero in the simplest of ways.

The secret formula for this is, take one part WW2 mix in Concrete (Dark Horse) and the ever loving Blue Eye Thing (Marvel) and sprinkle a little bit of Steam Punk and you have the makings of a fun and awesome adventure.

The story is 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 but one thing that is completely clear is this book needs to be in your collection ASAP.

We are supposed to give ratings but 5/5 is meaningless with this miniseries.  It is in a league of its own and should 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.