G.I. Combat #1

G.I. Combat #1

Writer: J.T. Krul, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Ariel Olivetti, Dan Panosian, Rob Schwager Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 2, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11
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First issue of an ongoing series! Featuring the first chapter of "WAR THAT TIME FORGOT" written by J.T. KRUL and with art by ARIEL OLIVETTI.and dinosaurs! Plus: The first chapter of "UNKNOWN SOLDIER" by JUSTIN GRAY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI and artist DAN PANOSIAN focuses on all-out war in Afghanistan!

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 2, 2012

    I loved this first issue! Two great stories for $3.99! I'm happy to see one of my favorite artists, Ariel Olivetti on a DC book, and I just loved how he drew those Pterodactyls. I really liked they made this a contemporary story and didn't leave it in WWII. Unknown Soldier was also great! I love Gray and Palmiotti's writing and how they handle this darker character. Dan Panosian's art fits the story incredibly well. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker May 2, 2012

    So, G.I. Combat #1 is a tale of two tales. One is shrug-worthy, but with potential, and the other is pretty engrossing. It's worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 4, 2012

    "G. I. Combat" is a nice, reinvigorated spin on two of DC's more intriguing war-related concepts. The two tales are as disparate as can be, but are certain to attract audiences so long as there continues to be dinosaurs on the cover. War comics are a hard sell, but DC has worked hard to make sure this title is empowered to sell hard. The dinosaurs drew me in, but the stories delivered here will be bring me back. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 3, 2012

    DC could just as easily have titled this issue Men of War #9. And that's worrisome, because as enjoyable as the first segment is, there's absolutely nothing to suggest that G.I. Combat will find any more lasting success than its predecessor did. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle May 3, 2012

    I'd have to say that as much as I looked forward to The War Time Forgot for its dinosaurs (of which I'm a big fan), it fell flat beneath overused cliches that could have come out later while the Unknown Soldier has me coming back waiting to see Haunted Tank. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Examiner - Anthony Schultz May 26, 2012

    Overall, the issue is short, J.T. Krul's writing is mediocre and clich at best, and the art was decent--but definitely short of spectacular. I was already hesitant diving into a Krul penned comic, and after reading G.I. Combat my suspicions were wholly realized. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 6, 2012

    As a package, this book has two, fourteen page stories for $4. It's a good value for the stories within. I'm not sure this book was going to ever be in everyone's wheelhouse, but I do think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised at what they find. You get an all-out, action, science fiction, army story on one side and you get a tragic, revenge-driven, complex character, army story on the other. Pick it up and give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 4, 2012

    If my suggestion a cosmic battle in “G.I. Combat” didn't tip you off, this isn't my type of book. But I said the same thing about “I, Vampire,” which i now adore, and it is what I said about “Starman,” now my favorite comic of all time. This book has potential, but until I see anything worth a $4 look on the cover, I'll continue to pass on it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 3, 2012

    Overall, I'd have to say this was a mixed bag. There were a number of strengths and the weaknesses in the comic were, for the most part, minor in nature. But the other problem was there wasn't much about it that came off as particularly special. Nothing in particular really grabbed me, really struck me as novel or impactful. There's some solid craft to be found in G.I. Combat but little that's particularly dazzling or memorable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 4, 2012

    The uneven nature of this issue is a real deal-breaker for me, as I wasn't particularly enamored with Men of War's resurrection of Sgt. Rock and "Oooh! Navy SEALS!" in the first place. I kind of enjoy Ariel Olivetti's work, but there's a stiffness to it that is a little off-putting. Still, the dinosaurs look great, and the unique color palette gives the "War That Time Forgot" story a nicely alien feel to it's alien setting. The flip-side comes with the Unknown Soldier's far-too-familiar storytelling, which creates the unpleasant experience of having to choose the Lady or the Tiger in my comic book. G.I. Combat #1 continues an old tradition of DC war comics, but doesn't quite hit the mark with this one, delivering two fragmented tales that fail to gel in different ways, earning 2 out of 5 stars overall. It's not a BAD start, just a halting one, and I hope that these non-superhero properties don't just fade away due to their lack of capes and tights... Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 1, 2012

    Eric Trautmann and Brandon Jerwa's Shooters is a war comic that, with this kind of marketing presence, probably could show that there's a niche for war comics. But G.I. Combat is going to prove the exact wrong message: that readers don't like war comics. But considering the successes of movies like Saving Private Ryan or The Thin Red Line, I know that that's the wrong conclusion " they just need their war comics to be good. Read Full Review

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