First off, it’s a shame that this series was so limited, clocking in at only 2 issues. I really hope that Mr. Mignola and Company intend on rectifying this, because Sledgehammer 44 is by far the most spectacular addition to the Mignolaverse, in a long while. This is by far the most fun I’ve had visiting the Mignolaverse since Hellboy In Hell. Even surpassing B.P.R.D.: Vampire, and, sadly, leaving Abe Sapien eating dust.
From the pages of Lobster Johnson, The Iron Prometheus has returned! Mignola’s version of Iron Man is more akin to The Rocketeer, but regardless, Sledgehammer 44 is a refreshing addition to a universe that, though it is one of the high points on the market these days, it tends to get bogged down with too much grimness, and convoluted plot lines.
At first glance Jason Latour’s art might have thrown fans for a bit of a loop, but his Garry Trudeau influenced characterizations pack quite a wallop! Cartoony, yet emotionally expressive, there are times when you feel as though you’re right there in the trenches, with your best buds, fighting off Nazi scum with impassioned courage, and diligent reverence.
Despite the supernatural elements found in all the Mignolaverse titles, Sladgehammer 44 is grounded greatly in a tangible sense of duty and honor. The only time the supernatural manifests its role in the story is to exemplify the fact that, as much as we all want to just do our own thing, we can’t ignore the world around us.
Mignola and Company have started something that isn’t simply comic book entertainment. Sladgehammer 44 has the potential to be something far more profound in its offerings, it hints at the fact that we all have an inescapable responsibility to everyone and everything around us, and if we ignore that responsibility, absolute chaos could reign over the whole world.
I’d sleep better at night knowing that there are men like Fields and Redding out there, who know the true meaning of duty and honor. Men who aren’t afraid to go toe to toe with true evil.
To sum up—More Sledgehammer 44, PLEASE!
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