I was really thrilled when my editor at Silver Bullet Comics made this trade paperback collecting the first five issues of this critically acclaimed comic available to me. He said he’d send it to me and sure enough after coming home on saturday after an all day journalism convention, I was happy to have it waiting for me in my mail pile.
Wizard sung the book’s praises last year saying, “Battle Hymn marches with substance and style.” and I had been wanting to read it.
Here’s the premise:
It’s 1944, and the first gathering of super-powered heroes may be the last. In the waning days of World War II, at the dawn of the nuclear age, super-powered beings are emerging from the shadows of conflict, beginning with the arrival of the Artificial Man. Now the United States government has assembled this collection of genetic misfits, patriotic zealots, and half-human creatures to help with the war effort. At least, that’s the official version of the story.
Thus far, I have only read the first chapter, but I can already tell you that this tribute to golden age war comics is one fine effort and one beautiful book to look at. Jeremy Haun’s pencils are at the same time understated and dynamic and Clay Moore obviously loves the subject matter and it shows. You have to love the way the very first page assaults your senses with that image of bombers and WWII aesthetics. It’s another reason why Image comics is at the top of their game today publishing some of the finest material in the market. This story is top-notch so if you can grab a copy of this one, go ahead and do so, you’ll be singing its praises along with the rest of us if you do so.