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The Light Brigade #1

February 23, 2004

Quick Rating: Very Good

An American regiment in World War II finds itself battling a far greater evil than they have ever known.

Writer: Peter Tomasi
Art: Peter Snejbjerg
Colors: Bjarne Hansen
Letters: Ken Lopez
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Cover Art: Peter Snejbjerg
Publisher: DC Comics

I knew nothing about this title before I looked at this week’s advance review comics, which makes me extremely grateful that DC slipped it into the batch. This is a very good, gripping horror/fantasy/war epic, and it’s one I’m anxious to see the next installment of.

Since the dawn of time there has been war between Heaven and Hell, with the blood of innocents as the currency that paid for the conflict. During World War II, a time where more innocents were dying than any point in history, that war spills out to the battlefields of Germany where a tattered unit of American soldiers is called upon to fight on the side of the light. We get real characters in this issue – a faithless soldier whose wife has died and taken his hope with it, an excitable young man whose love of comic books (specifically the Justice Society) compels him to fight on even in the face of real terror… each of these characters has a real reason to be in the story, and with three issues left, one can only imagine how much more Peter Tomasi is planning to do with them.

Peter Snejbjerg does a wonderful job with the artwork in this issue. From the snowblown battlefield of the real war to the celestial war that serves as the high concept for this series, everything looks perfect. Stark and realistic sometimes, bright and fantastic at others. There’s a scene where a regiment of deathless German soldiers advance on our heroes that’s truly terrifying.

If there’s any downside to this book, it would probably have to be that it would read better as a collected edition. This first issue has a good ending point, but it’s not a story that is entirely suited to the serial format. It may work better in one gulp. But fans of horror, war stories or religious fantasy have got to pick up this issue. Tomasi and Snejbjerg nail this one.

Rating: 8/10

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