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War is Hell #1

Writer: Howard Chaykin, Phillip Kennedy Johnson Artist: Howard Chaykin Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 23, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 5
7.0Critic Rating
5.3User Rating

In honor of Marvel's 80th Anniversary and history with War Comics comes a brand new edition of WAR IS HELL with two fascinating and soul-crushing tales of War. "In the Mood" by Howard Chaykin takes you to the skies as the Luftwaffe and RAF battle over the English Channel for a battle tale of bitter irony and "War Glammer" by Phillip Kennedy Johnson brings you back to Earth in modern day Afghanistan with a story that will chill you to the bone.
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jan 30, 2019

    Seriously cool self contained issue that is well worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Jan 23, 2019

    War Is Hell #1 is a really interesting comic, and the dual story nature of it forces both writers to trim the chaff – neither is forced to extend their stories to fill the space within, and the comic is stronger for it. If you're interested in a couple of really good short stories, then this is worth picking up; I was going to recommend this when I assumed it was $6, but after a quick fact check, it's only $4. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Brian Renninger Jan 23, 2019

    I’m happy to see the series return and even happier to see that the storytellers so far involved are delivering challenging and competent narratives dealing with such heavy and complicated themes. Definitely worth a look through if you’re a fan of the series of old or a fan of war comics in general. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 24, 2019

    The poorly-matched creative team on the second story is overshadowed by a casually clever, little 10-pager by a seasoned master in the opening issue of an all-new anthology series. Its refreshing to see a couple of simple short one-shot stories with throwaway characters in a mainstream comic book rack filled with complex long-running serials with backstories that continue to get more and more convoluted over time. A series like this really has the opportunity to showcase the work of individual artists whether they be legends like Chaykin or rising unknowns looking to prove themselves. Read Full Review

  • 4.9
    Multiversity Comics - Justin Beeson Jan 28, 2019

    While there are some redeeming parts in each of the two stories, overall it is an unsatisfactory reading experience, and feels inessential. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jan 23, 2019

    War Is Hell #1 is an odd comic that's mostly bland, even when it's trying to make its readers uncomfortable. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    YourGreenMuse Jan 27, 2019

    This one-shot is pretty bland and boring. I never really read the old war comics so I don't know for sure if the style is in keeping with those, but I hope not.

  • 2.5
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    Whaaaaaaat was the point of this?

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  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU Aug 6, 2019

    Another off-genre retro anthology presents two tales of bitter irony and supernatural conflict cooked up with commendable skill. The creators are working in a challenging format: Self-contained 10-page strips that have to stand on their own, bereft of the comforting familiarity of Marvel continuity.

    The creators rise capably to the challenge, and though it borders on sacrilege, I have to say I enjoyed the B strip even more than the Howard Chaykin-created A strip. Chaykin's story is framed around a superb ironic twist straight out of the best of the pre-Silver-Age weirdies. But that simple integrity means that the story could be told in just five pages; it feels stretched at 10.

    The B strip has an impressive structure more

  • 7.5
    NoShape Feb 6, 2019

  • 5.5
    CesarCastanha Jan 25, 2019

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