Sledgehammer '44 #1

Sledgehammer '44 #1

Writer: John Arcudi, Mike Mignola Artist: Jason Latour Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 13, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 1
8.0Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

August 1944: a man in a suit of iron armor drops from an American warplane onto a French battlefield, where he attempts to fight his way through an army of Nazis and the massive war machine they keep protected in an armory.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Matt Eurice Mar 13, 2013

    The biggest problem I see with Sledgehammer 44 is that it’s only a two issue miniseries. Mignola has hit a homerun with this character and he needs to do more than two issues with him. It’s really hard to create an original character, especially superheroes and they fail all the time. Sledgehammer however, could be the start of something special; I could personally see him as a character with staying power, capable of having a monthly series. Hopefully Mignola does something more with him, but in the meantime, I would buy this and the next issue and just be happy that Sledgehammer exists. Now please, give me issue two, because I’m dying to find out if and how Sledgehammer and his team survive. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 18, 2013

    Fun, plain and simple. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Jo Lewis Mar 11, 2013

    With his 'Iron Man' or Epimetheus (in Greek mythology brother of Prometheus, often depicted as foolish), Mignola has, seemingly without effort, created another iconic superhero. The character and tale is yet another great addition to the ever expanding Hellboy universe, whilst the book benefits from a number of surprise twists, which ensure I'll return for issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Mar 13, 2013

    Sledgehammer 44 #1 is nothing short of awesome, as it ebbs and flows with a level of originality that most comic books simply fail to find. The creative team from the first page to the final panel capitalize on raw emotions to sell this incredible tale and trust me they succeed. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Mar 13, 2013

    Sledgehammer 44 is a great read for anyone who is a fan of fun, action-packed comics. Being only a two issue series, I already fear this may not be enough. Sledgehammer is an interesting character that you want to spend more time with. So please, do pick this up in hopes we'll get to spend more time him. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Sean Mar 13, 2013

    As for the writin', what little of it there is intriguing. We get a crazy battle with large explosions and many spent shell casings followed by a bunch of confused American soldiers trying to figure out what to do with a giant robot, which may or may not be a man. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Randall Austin Mar 13, 2013

    I rated this comic an 8 out of 10. This is one my highest scores yet, but I do not feel that this comic has achieved an epic level of quality. While it is one of the greats, I compare it to a recent comic that I read Transformers: Monstrosity. Transformers: Monstrosity offers multiple characters with depth and struggles. Sledgehammer 44 doesn't quite give me all of this. And for a first issue, one can only give so much information. However, there is only one more issue that concludes this story. It's in issue 2 that I hope to find my next 10. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Mar 14, 2013

    The greatest generation of robots slugs it out in this World War II-era story set in the Hellboy universe that opens with a lot of promise. This story was years in the making, and the time taken by Mike Mignola and co-writer John Arcudi shows. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Mar 13, 2013

    Sledgehammer '44 #1 is a really cool new beginning to a new character from the mind of Mike Mignola. The writing duo of Mignola and Arcudi has yet to disappoint and although the art doesn't do it 100% for me, it's definitely nothing that should stop people from picking up this book. There's a lot yet to learn about Sledgehammer, and hopefully we end up getting more than just these initial two issues out of this awesome creative team. If you like anything else in the Mignolaverse, or any kind of World War II/Sci-Fi story, than this is definitely something you should be picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Mar 13, 2013

    "Sledgehammer 44" #1 is interesting as a Mignola take on Iron Man but it is miles better than just a war comic with a twist. This is an authentic document in comic form, the sort of thing we aren't graced with enough anymore. This book is an adventure and a committed tale that fans of the genre are going to love. Dark Horse consistently publishes niche genre fare superb in quality and consistently worth the time and money of the growing audience it achieves. It's a joy to add "Sledgehammer 44" #1 to that list. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore and David Harper Mar 13, 2013

    LaTour is great, and he managed to strike a balance between the classic war setting and his own style, which made the book feel both familiar and fresh. Really extraordinary stuff. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Jeremy Whitley Mar 5, 2013

    In short, while it leaves as many questions as it does answers, Sledgehammer '44 #1 is a solid start to the two part series. Whether it be the dangling threads at the end of this story or the brilliant artwork, you'll definitely want to find your way back for issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - RoughJustice Mar 16, 2013

    Sledgehammer 44 #1 is a solid introduction to one of Mignola's newer creations. Although not as action-packed as some would hope, this book has heart beating from within its metal chest plate. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Mar 18, 2013

    That said, I was fairly pleased with the book. The robotic cover look at first made me think we were getting some kind of Atomic Robo mixed with a healthy dose of Hellboy, but it seems that assumption may yet prove wrong. Mignola is a tried and true creator and John Arcudi has been a good fit with his works thus far, so while a vaguely impressive start, it may yet prove to be a good book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - GreenBasterd Mar 14, 2013

    Im pretty impressed with this book, I know both these guys can put together quite the epic tale and this one has potential to rank up with the rest of their work. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 22, 2013

    I know Dark Horse, and Magnola in particular, like these two and three-issue mini-series, but I'm not sure the comic publisher might not have been better off teasing this and then releasing the whole story in a single old school double-sized issue to complete the nostalgic feel of the comic. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Mar 13, 2013

    But as for new, I would like artist Jason Latour to draw more books, please. His cartoonish style, and I mean this in the Seth and classic New Yorker magazine sense of the term, plays with nostalgia in very productive ways. There is a real sense of past through his art while his action scene constructions slowly build to moments of legitimate aw. Unlike Seth, whos work is exceptionally static, Latour has an eye for movement from page to page, panel to panel, combining a more mainstream sensibility with a style embedded in the past. The artwork far outstrips the writing, but that makes me head straight to the internet to find more Latour, not more Mignola. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GreyMouser Mar 15, 2013

    OK, so i wasnt sure if i would pick this up but now im glad i did. i dont usually enjoy WW2 stories and Latour's art style isnt my usual choice. Yet after about 3 pages i was hooked! Latour doesnt stay in archie-ville, as he blows that away into panels that jump and shake me. i felt like i was asking for a shock, by not throwing on some rubber boots. its all love from Latour. This is also only a 2 parter, the perfect way for the creators to introduce a new character. it goes right to the point, and right into the action. no decompressed BS spread over a 6-8 part series. this crew gives the real deal, upfront, and leaves to you. and considering that in!

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