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The Forged #3

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Universal acclaim

Based on 4 critic ratings.

For 10,000 years, the Eternal Empire spread across the galaxy, and in all that time there has never been actual first contact with another alien race. This issue, the Forged meet their neighbors. Spoiler: their neighbors are f—ing PISSED.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
57 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Issue 3 closes off the opening act of this series perfectly. It’s a truly admirable balance of storyline, dialogue and incredibly well executed visuals that is everything a lover of the sci-fi action genre could possibly ask for. It’s action packed, filled with amazing tech, weird aliens and cool characters that has a depth to it thanks to an extremelty well written script. It’s perfect science fiction space opera that leaves you breathless and wanting more!

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Highly trained, star-faring, high-powered military personnel have been fighting strange armies of inhuman ETs since Heinlein’s 1959 novel Starship Troopers…and likely before that in some of the earliest pulp sci-fi stories. Contemporary adaptations have ranged from Games Workshop’s graphically brilliant, highly successful Warhammer 40,000 tabletop war game (from 1987) to James Cameron’s hilariously bad 1986 movie Aliens. With Forged, Rucka and Trautmann have perfected the precise blend of humor, action, and horror. It has been a hugely satisfying comic book iteration of the space marines vs. hordes of alien monsters sub-genre.

  • 85


    It’s this issue that crystalizes what makes The Forged such an important book — just before it headbutts you in the chin and leaves you gasping for whatever comes next.

  • 80

    The first arc of this space epic draws to a fiery close, rounding off its debut story only as a title such as this can – with more explosions and f-bombs on a single page than in all other new comics you’ll read this week combined. Rooted in its militaristic storytelling, The Forged #3 continues fleshing out this massively…well, uh…massive world. Because of that, this issue is largely focused on concept over storytelling, despite it being an oversized finale. Still, this is one sci-fi story we’ve yet to see told, and the elaborate worlds Rucka, Trautmann, and Henderson have created are treated with increasing care.

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