Sergeant Rock vs. Army of the Dead #3 in test

“…We have a unique opportunity to deal a decisive blow to the Nazis.”

Armed to the teeth with excellent narration, dialogue and action bits, DC Horror presents: Sgt. Rock vs. the Army of the Dead #3 is pure horror B-movie bliss. Unfortunately, Campbell’s reliance on style over depth means this edition lacks the bite it needs to sustain. As a result, the end product feels like a book call of Duty Mission. Sure, lighting up Nazi zombies while hell rains down is ridiculously fun, but chances are I’ll forget about it by the time the next installment comes out.

Shortly after the events of last issue, we find that Easy Company is ready to deliver a massive, coordinated one-two punch to the Nazis. Equipped with the latest technology from the Second World War, the company is divided into two teams. One to track down Hitler’s doctor, Morell, and the other to destroy the narcotics responsible for reviving the undead army. Bruce Campbell’s narration here is relatively simple, as Easy Company marches from one checkpoint to the next to complete its objectives. It’s important to note that Campbell executes the characters’ dialogue in a way that hits the B-movie vibes. This comes as no surprise to anyone given Bruce Campbell’s story in the cinema.


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The real star of DC Horror presents: Sgt. Rock vs. the Army of the Dead #3 is the art team, consisting of Eduardo Risso’s artwork and Kristian Rossi’s colors. This installment is bursting with beautiful yet terrifying action sequences. From hand-to-hand shotgun combat to flaming Nazi zombies, Risso and Rossi execute every panel flawlessly. Her work during the flamethrower sequence does an excellent job of capturing the action. Her work also gives the reader an important action film staple: the heroes running away from a massive explosion.

A big part of what makes the duo’s work so powerful is that they perfectly capture the pulp aesthetic of Silver Age comics. Given all the work of the creators, this book feels like it was dropped from the past by a time traveler. So I’m curious to see what action sequences all the creators will come up with for the next issue.

DC Horror presents: Sgt. Rock vs. the Army of the Dead

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“Got to put an end to this shitty show…”

Unfortunately, since Campbell’s narration relies more on style than depth, it lacks relevant themes that could cause the story to stick with the reader. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for comic book stories that are fun without thinking. Campbell, Risso and Rossi reach their destination in DC Horror presents: Sgt. Rock vs. the Army of the Dead #3 by providing a form of escapist entertainment while flawlessly executing incredible action sequences.

With no relevant themes to enhance the narrative, however, the action sequences feel fun yet hollow. Hopefully future editions will add more depth by playing on Campbell’s revelation in the opening pages of this book. I’m curious how the creators will twist the story since Hitler took the same serum as his undead soldiers.

DC Horror presents: Sgt. Rock vs. the Army of the Dead #3 is pure horror B-movie bliss. All the creators involved have armed this book to the teeth with excellent storytelling, dialogue and action bits. Campbell, Risso and Rossi achieve their goal of providing escapist entertainment. Unfortunately, Campbell’s reliance on style over depth means this edition lacks the bite it needs to sustain. As a result, the action is fun but hollow. Hopefully future installments will raise the tale of the running of the mill call of Duty Mission.

DC Horror presents: Sgt Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #3 review

DC Horror presents: Sgt Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #3 review

DC Horror presents: Sgt. Rock vs. the Army of the Dead #3

DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #3 is pure horror B-movie bliss. All the creators involved have armed this book to the teeth with excellent storytelling, dialogue and action bits. Campbell, Risso and Rossi achieve their goal of providing escapist entertainment. Unfortunately, Campbell’s reliance on style over depth means this edition lacks the bite it needs to sustain. As a result, the action is fun but hollow. Hopefully future installments will elevate the narrative beyond the ordinary Call of Duty mission.

Campbell’s narration and dialogue perfectly captures the B-movie mood.

The real star is the art team, made up of artwork by Eduardo Risso and colors by Kristian Rossi.

Unfortunately, since Campbell’s narration relies more on style than depth, it lacks relevant themes that could cause the story to stick with the reader.

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