War Machine #1

War Machine #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Leonardo Manco Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 31, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 4
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  • 6.7
    IGN - Bryan Joel Jan 3, 2009

    Your enjoyment of War Machine's first issue could depend largely on how much of the character's recent history you've been following, and how much you cared about it. As a new reader, you'll find a basic shoot-'em-up comic with a sci-fi/tech twist, and as a fan of the character's developments in recent months you might lament the lost potential in these pages. It's only the first issue, but I'm personally a little underwhelmed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 7, 2009

    Appropriately enough, this new title has a lot in common with Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's Invincible Iron Man. Aside from the fact that both books feature protagonists in Stark armor, they both also boast artwork that's realistic in tone and the most recent issues have cliffhanger endings pointing to a major conflict with the same character (albeit for slightly different reasons). Nevertheless, they're radically different books. Invincible Iron Man doesn't work without the Marvel Universe. It needs that foundation. War Machine works better outside of it, without it altogether. The Marvel Universe hinders this book, even if the title character emerged from it. While Pak and Manco include some surprisingly vivid violence that actually belongs in a book about the horrors of war, Pak withholds more powerful commentary from his script by fictionalizing the wars, the settings and the players. There's a certain timidity in disguising the real-world people, places and politics that Wa Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Dec 31, 2008

    Ultimately, this comic reads like a concept from 1992, when the way to make a comic more interesting was to load a couple extra rocket launchers on a character's back. I hope Pak and Manco take the series farther than they imply in "War Machine" #1, but after one issue, it really just seems like an armored Punisher riff, and that's just not enough. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kyle Garret Dec 30, 2008

    Still, there's nothing here to be interested in, nothing unique or really even entertaining. They would have been better off making it a comedy: "War Machine: Half man, half machine, ALL WAR." Read Full Review

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