They’ve blasted their way through impossible scenarios and burned their way through throngs of undead soldiers.
But now Sgt. Rock and Easy Company find themselves hot on the trail of an enemy even they may not be able to handle: an über-upgraded, rejuvenation serum-addicted Adolf Hitler.
The Comicbook DispatchDC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #5, like the entire series to date, is just a straightforward, quick, easy read that’s loads of fun. There’s nothing too deep and there’s nothing difficult to understand. It’s actually so easy to follow anyone could hop right in and not skip a beat even in the penultimate issue. You’ll need little thought and will find DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead is a leisurely getaway like a good 80s action flick. However, its comfortable, almost cavalier design does make for a rather predictable comic. That said, this art team builds this story up well with some intense graphics and the perfect wartime atmosphere to boot. It may be too late to hop on board now, however, this would definitely be the perfect trade to balance out this fast-paced design.
Lyles Movie FilesThe penultimate installment is more of the same from the past four issues. That’s just fine for readers who’ve enjoyed writer Bruce Campbell’s simple premise — easy company plowing through wave after wave of Nazi zombies. As far as premises go that’s hardly a bad one, but Campbell doesn’t feel the need to make this series especially suspenseful. Sgt. Rock and company barely use their code names while evading zombie attacks. Artist Eduardo Risso shows such an incredible command of sequential layouts that it feels like watching a movie play out. Kristina Rossi knows exactly how much color is necessary in crafting a dark story where blacks and reds are crucial. Campbell might not stay awake working on huge obstacles for Easy Company but there’s no denying this series has been a fun ride.
Geek DadOne of the most interesting things about this series is that, despite its title, it actually seems to be more interested in being a war comic than a horror comic. The location of Hitler’s bunker has been found, and Easy Company is ready to make its move. Much of this comic is about building tension with the prep for an invasion, and there are some great scenes with Rock and his unit. The zombies—or really, they’re more Frankenstein’s monsters than anything—continue to be used sparingly, and when they are used they’re joined by a pair of more famous monsters—Hitler and Eva Braun, now transformed themselves. This seems to be turning into a strange alternate history for the end of the Second World War, which I think seems just insane enough to work as a story. It’s a fun comic, and judged as Bruce Campbell’s first comic work, it’s definitely impressive. Now to see how he brings it home next issue.
ComicBook.comAfter five issues, the Nazi Zombies horde in Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead finally feels like formidable foes. All it took was the direct involvement of Hitler himself. But instead of a fun twist like a Wolfenstein final boss, it's just Adolf frothing at the mouth while vaguely zombified. It's a bit of a letdown, but at least the ending has something close to a cliffhanger.
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