Men of War #1

Men of War #1

Writer: Jonathan Vankin, Ivan Brandon Artist: Phil Winslade, Tom Derenick Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 7, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
6.2Critic Rating
5.5User Rating

On the ground and on the front lines, a young, headstrong soldier known as Joe Rock assumes command of Easy Company a team of ex-military men turned contractors. Will they survive the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DCU's Super-Villains? Find out in this explosive new series from Ivan Brandon (Viking, DOC SAVAGE) and Tom Derenick (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!

  • 10
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Sep 10, 2011

    Surprisingly good. I thought this book was going to be a generic gung-ho GI-JOE title in a Call of Duty style but actually it's only like Call of Duty. I didn't expect super heroes to be involved too but the way they are shown, through the eyes of a soldier, works for this book. I hope it will always be from the perspective of the soldier, i.e. Joseph Rock. Also, there's another 7-page mini-story at the end. And it's a good one too! Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 7, 2011

    Men of War is a good effort in a good direction so far, and here's hoping it works well enough to justify more things like it, such as maybe a Lois Lane book set in the thick of the shit that is the awful American media - it'd be amazing if she could get herself embedded in Rock's unit, too. Fall in, DC. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Sep 10, 2011

    Men of War #1 is unapologetically straight forward and apolitical, and doesn't break any new ground. People die, property is damaged and while gritty, it is not terribly realistic. It has a lot more in common with The Green Berets than Platoon, so if you're looking for an action-filled war comic with a minimum of hand-wringing, this is for you. Brandon and Derenick do action and explosions right, and while it remains to be seen whether this Rock can equal his predecessor, he's off on the right foot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Sep 11, 2011

    Mostly an introduction to Corporal Joe Rock and his new mission, "Men of War" #1 does a great job of making sure we know exactly who Rock is and what kind of man he is. It also makes sure to give lots of combat, while raising the question of what effect superhumans have on combat zones. Judging from this issue, it could prove to be one of the more interesting books in the DC relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 9, 2011

    The back-up element was unsolicited, though looking back I see that the book was indeed listed at $3.99 and 40 pages (though it is only 28 pages of story). DC attempted back-up features in multiple books a couple years back as a value-added option to raising the price point to $3.99, but the venture lasted less than a year and they rebounded with a “Holding the line at $2.99″ campaign for all titles. I'm skeptical that this one-off in “The New 52″ will fare any better. Much speculation has already gone on, even before the release of any of “The New 52″, about which won't make it past the first year. While I'm certain there's an audience for war comics, and I think that Men of War from my limited frame of reference, actually fits the bill quite nicely, it feels that by saddling it with a back-up feature (regardless of quality) and the higher price point that it's been earmarked to fail from the onset. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Rafael Gaitan Sep 12, 2011

    Who reads war comics anymore? More popular in the '50s and '60s and times of turmoil, modern publishing seems to have no place for them amid the cape and tights crowd. Imagine the surprise when DC announces one of its big 52 relaunch titles is going to be a new Men of War, starring Sgt. Rock no less?! Granted, for modernitys sake, its his nephew and yeah... but your boy loves some Sgt. Rock. No Easy Company in sight yet, but issue #1 of Men of War is a promising start to a series that I originally assumed had no connection to the DC New 52. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Sep 7, 2011

    Men of War #1 is not the start to this series that I was hoping for. It's a slow, emotionally hollow reading experience that might not provide enough substance to get people to tune in again next month. And that's exactly the opposite of what these new #1s are supposed to be. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Sep 9, 2011

    I really enjoyed the parts of this comic that were content to be a war comic, but the inclusion of superpowers means I'll stay away from issue #2. I'm not interested in reading the perspective of the guys who get mauled every time a super-villain goes on a rampage. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 11, 2011

    Overall, the material here shows promise, even if the execution of the main story is a bit off. The backup feature definitely felt as though it was worth the extra buck. I'm not sure the stories will bring readers back for a second issue, let alone the long haul, which makes me think this might be one of the first entries in the New 52 that will fall victim to the axe. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Sep 8, 2011

    The artwork by Derenick and Winslade is very inconsistent and almost amateurish throughout this issue and feels more like something you would see in a political publication from Bluewater Comics than something you should get from a comics publishing giant. I'll be incredibly surprised if this series survives another five months. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    general_zod Jul 31, 2015

    This first issue of "Men of War" is better than the debut of "Blackhawks", but not by much. It's a decent throwback to 1970's war comics and the artwork is great, but it's not amazing or essential reading. The story isn't too exciting and that goes for the backup story as well. Overall, it's just a standard war comic with a link to the world of superheroes. Premiere issues should offer more of a hook than this one manages to do.

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