451 Media 2015
Created by the Williams Brothers
Adapted by Andi Ewington
Illustrated by Raymund Bermudez
This issue was even better than the first, which of course is the way a series should be but we all know that sometimes that doesn’t necessarily happen. Still forget the Creature Commandos or the Howling Commandos because this is where it’s at folks. This is hands down better than either version you’ve thought of or experienced yet! Andi’s writing here is spectacular and the characterization is marvelously superb. Finally the monsters of filmland are brought to us as soldier fighting in WWII and it’s either fight for the allies or die by their hands.
Raymund’s black and white interiors are divine! There’s something just more inherently creepy and horrific when it’s done in this classic style. Granted this is much more detailed and the sheer amount of work done is just astonishing. The use of pages and panel layouts are meticulous. Everything is so expressive it’s a joy to see this in print.
Jack’s encounters with his teammates continues to impress me. With Victor’s original prototype along with the sea creature man make up an interesting trio. All that’s really missing is a medusa type though I have a feeling a female amongst them isn’t really all that far off though I could be wrong. Still their introduction to the General causes a reaction that is all too familiar and expected. I liked this though because it sets up that whole outcast amongst “friends” status that will drive these characters and overcome their own individual reasons for being there.
Sergeant Hammer’s task of whipping this motley crew into a fighting unit gets off to something of an auspicious start. While seeming on some levels to be very military there’s an anger in this man that causes an instant dislike for him. This man doesn’t know these people, what they’ve been through or what their inner demons are and it’s blatantly obvious he doesn’t care either. This is not going to bode well for him though it will serve to bond the boys together, maybe not all at once but we’ll see how it affects them.
I do like the way this whole issue unfolds. These men are both at an extreme disadvantage and yet they are without a doubt their best, and most expendable, hope for winning battles. Separated from the other soldiers doesn’t boost morale and when discovered well it causes an all out riot. I am a huge fan of how all this was portrayed. Andi has a great grasp of who these characters are, where they are and what and how they are being used so he’s able to really get us some essential characterization.
Oh the ending here too couldn’t have been any better. Oh the Captain that rescues them from the firing squad and then is absent when they leave plus the dialogue amongst them yeah there’s no surprise here. Just one hell of an excellent reveal and something for these guys to figure out and cope with when the time comes.
This is how to do a story like this one. The occult and supernatural creatures of the world have held this sway over our imagination for centuries and seeing a brutally harsh and honest look at how they are being treated and used here is for me the absolute best.