Well, this was a pleasant surprise. I did not know what to expect and I really enjoyed this first issue a lot.
We’re introduced to the characters during ‘their’ time – 1945 – and are shown why we haven’t heard from them in over 50 years. The issue also ends with quite the cliffhanger (which might also lead to comparisons to Watchmen). While some of the names our heroes use may be underwhelming, I found myself attached to them and hoped for the best after the first act in this issue.
And as if being a Nazi isn’t evil enough, we see one of the villains help himself to copping a feel. While not an unspeakable act, it’s still something you look down on. Especially considering the circumstances.
I’m looking forward to the next issue. While JMS doesn’t always ‘wow’ me (see Fantastic Four), I am interested in seeing where we go from here and how this story unfolds (see Thor). The art, while off in some spots, moved things along nicely. Weston and Leach make a pretty good team. There were a few instances where the art took me back to The Invaders and made me feel like I was looking at a book from the 80s.
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Pencils: Chris Weston
Inks: Garry Leach
Colors: Chris Chuckry
Letters: Jimmy Betancourt
Editor: Tom Breevort