Writer: Bruce Campbell
Art: Eduardo Risso, Kristian Rossi, Rob Leigh, Brad Anderson, and Gary Frank
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: November 23rd, 2022
Rock and Easy Company have had some fun defending themselves against Hitler’s undead goons in this week’s DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #3 by Bruce Campbell. However, now it’s time for them to have a gas when they go on the offensive and head behind enemy lines. And hey, speaking of gas, is that a flamethrower in your hands or are ya just happy to see me? Time to burn it all down or die trying, Easy Company!
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We open with a four-page stint discussing the weaponry that Easy Company is going to use to take down these Nazi Super Soldiers, which was truthfully a bit boring to kick off DC Horror Presents Sgt. Rock Vs. The Army of the Dead #3. However, the issue turns into an onslaught of weaponry with Easy Company finally getting their real first win. To any fan looking for a war flick/ war comic loaded with assorted tactical weapons, DC Horror Presents Sgt. Rock Vs. The Army of the Dead #3 is totally up your alley.
From start to finish, this issue is utter annihilation covered in blood, guts, and ammo. What’s nice is that Campbell writes a story showing fans just how Easy Company gets even. To this point throughout DC Horror Presents Sgt. Rock Vs. The Army of the Dead, Easy Company has been lucky to survive. However, not anymore. And frankly, it’s straightforward and makes sense. Sure, it’s a comic and we could certainly use some type of comic book science to even the odds. Nevertheless, Campbell goes logical and plows full steam ahead in DC Horror Presents Sgt. Rock Vs. The Army of the Dead #3 with relentless action after those first 4-5 pages.
Eduardo Risso is the main storyteller this week. From the panel designs strategically placing the action to the flow of the word balloon placement, this sucker reads like a movie. DC Horror Presents Sgt. Rock Vs. The Army of the Dead #3 is incredibly easy to follow and cluttered with violent gunfire, explosions, and bloody action which makes this issue more than graphic. However, don’t be concerned about the comic being too gory. 99% of the violence is centered around Nazis, Super Soldiers, and zombies getting what you’d expect is coming to them.
Additionally, the coloring sets the perfect tone for the issue. Kristian Rossi places the setting at night. However, instead of making each scene so dang dark that you could barely decipher the action, Rossi uses deep purples, dark blues, and these putrid greens to give fans the nightmarish setting while still providing enough texture and context to thoroughly see all the action.
DC Horror Presents Sgt. Rock Vs. The Army of the Dead #3 is straightforward, easy to follow, and explodes with relentless, violent action. There are no deep twists or convenient, last-ditch, Hail Mary plays written in to give Easy Company the upper hand. This is done the old fashion way making DC Horror Presents Sgt. Rock Vs. The Army of the Dead #3 direct and honestly refreshing. Campbell thoroughly explains exactly what’s going on while Risso and Rossi perfectly balance his script with the some immaculate play-by-play.
Readers, this is a war comic with Easy Company taking on Nazis, zombies, and Super Soldiers. There’s nothing under the surface here. If that’s your cup of tea, then go for it! It’s like going to see an action movie. You know what you’re going to get before you go. Don’t expect a deep, page-turner but prepare to get your popcorn ready with excitement! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!