Men of War 3 (January 2012)

Vankin defines Men of War‘s target audience this issue in his backup. It’s pro-war, bigoted twits who are too stupid to ask questions. And Vankin makes it very, very clear. I’m not sure if he’s happily appealing to that audience or if it’s a joke. I don’t care either. His writing is awful. Also terrible is Brandon this issue. Brandon’s front story–with Derenick’s art cramping a lame story’s style even more–is a rip off of the Iron Man “Five Nightmares” arc. People are weaponized and blow up. But here, the good guys manage to take out the Muslim bad guys. … Continue reading Men of War 3 (January 2012)

Men of War 2 (December 2011)

I wouldn’t say I enjoy reading Brandon’s comics—he’s not a good writer—but at least there’s always something funny to say about his writing. Some snide remark, whatever. But not this issue of Men of War. I think it’s goofy he’s got Sgt. Rock Jr. Jr. meeting up with a Greek goddess (Circe), but Derenick draws the heck out of the scene. But the reason I’m not mocking Brandon isn’t just because he had the better artist this issue, but because Jonathan Vankin’s scripting on the backup story is laughable. It’s unbelievable an editor let this kind of dialogue pass in … Continue reading Men of War 2 (December 2011)

Men of War 1 (November 2011)

I realize DC’s got to have something to sell to their pro-war readers, but come on… they couldn’t do any better than Men of War? First up is Sgt. Rock’s grandson. Now, it’s iffy on the years when people are born and all, because Sgt. Rock III isn’t fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, he’s cleaning up after superhuman Army agents. But that aspect isn’t the silliest. Or even Ivan Brandon introducing first person narration halfway through. It’s just a stupid character. Brandon’s got a stereotype handbook and he uses it step by step—smarter than the West Point guys, but no … Continue reading Men of War 1 (November 2011)

Weird War Tales 1 (November 2010)

Weird War Tales features something I never wanted to see… weak Darwyn Cooke. His story is idiotic—famous war figures have a party—and his artwork is barely there. It’s a bunch of skeletons and stuff, so maybe it’s the subject, but it’s all so incredibly lame I couldn’t believe it was really Cooke. It’s not even amusing. I can’t figure out why he bothered. Oh, money. The next story—from Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein—has good art from Klein and terrible writing from Brandon. It’s a sub story. Brandon’s dialogue is weak and his plot is worse. But that art’s quiet good. … Continue reading Weird War Tales 1 (November 2010)