Writer: Bruce Campbell
Art: Eduardo Risso, Kristian Rossi, Rob Leigh, Brad Anderson, and Gary Frank
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: February 28th, 2023
Stand at attention, cadet! Easy Company’s blasted their way through the undead all across Berlin—but don’t get cocky now, soldier, because your platoon’s just come face-to-face with something far more horrifying than zombies: Sgt. Rock has fallen in battle. Could it be that Easy Company will be sending their fearless leader home in a flag-draped coffin? Check out this fear-soaked finale of DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #6 by Bruce Campbell!
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DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #6 kicks off with another great summary this week, especially for a culminating issue. Sure, it’s not the best starting point for a reader to jump in. However, what final issue ever is? That said, anyone interested in picking up a comic that showcases a bloody showdown against a zombified Hitler may want to throw the story to the side and come be entertained for a good 15 minutes instead.
Yet, as straightforward and entertaining as DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #6 was, there isn’t much depth to the story. Furthermore, there is very little character development. This entire series has been packaged as a “shoot’em up”, zombified, WWII comic. And thus, fans who are searching for something deep and creative on the story front will definitely struggle in that category this week. Yet, Campbell delivers a rock-solid line that finally provides that hint of depth that stood out to this reviewer this week.
I loved the line “ if you told me a steel worker from Pennsylvania would get the nod to end WWII, Mano A Mano with the creep who started it, I would have laughed in your face.” Readers, this put a down-to-earth spin on the entire war and who we had fighting in WWII for our side. I think people assume the war was fought by people, like now, that had strictly military jobs and experience. However, that wasn’t necessarily the case. Plus, this line also provided a sense of realism to this fictional tale which ultimately turned into a zombie melee.
Additionally, the one-on-one fight with Hitler is pretty intense and frankly what everyone has been waiting to see the entire time. It’s easily half of DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #6 if not more which was again exactly what most fans were buying this series for in the first place.
The biggest highlight of DC Horror Presents Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #6 was the art that puts on an absolute clinic this week. There was nonstop blood and relentless fighting that seals the deal in this series. Moreover, it’s the bone break in Hitler’s hand that was not only spot on but incredibly graphic which simply highlights a small taste of how intense this issue was. Yet it doesn’t stop there. Needles drawn panel by panel as they enter Hitler’s eye are just a few illustrations of how fierce the action was in this week’s DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #6. Nevertheless, it’s the way this creative team decided to put a bow on Hitler that may leave readers speechless.
Still, it’s the small details that drive DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #6, as well as the entire series. Campbell and Company do a masterful job with the little things. From phrases written on bombs to sayings that perfectly place the time era, this fun army comic with a zombie twist has so much to offer. Sure, the character development and plot threads were certainly pretty basic. The depth within the narrative was extremely surface-level. Nonetheless, Campbell and Company knew what they were designing here. DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead wasn’t meant to be this higher-level, cerebral, spine-tingling narrative.
It was always meant to be an old-school army comic with a zombie twist showcasing one of the world’s most hated men. Entertainment was always the key and you can thank this art team for providing some of the most graphic renderings this side of the Allies. If you have the extra change, I recommend picking up DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #6 even if you haven’t been following along to date. Why? Well, readers get an opener that basically summarized events to this point and wraps a pretty bow around the series with a punishing onslaught of brutality toward Hitler to seal the deal. If that’s your cup of tea, I’d pick this issue up even if you haven’t been following along to date.