Title: Sledgehammer 44
Author: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Illustrators: Jason Latour, Laurence Campbell
Series: Sledgehammer 44 #1-5
Genre: Fantasy Horror
Read: March 11, 2021
A man in an iron suit drops from an American warplane onto a French battlefield and unleashes the cosmic forces upon the Nazi army.
This is a short 5 issue comic that is about the Vril suit that was originally mentioned in Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus. The Vril suit allows the wielder to unleash a cosmic force that annihilates anyone nearby. He is sent into France to help take down Nazi forces. The Sledgehammer 44 has no problem taking out the soldiers but he has more of a challenge with the Nazi weapon, Black Flame, who reminded me of Red Skull.
While this was a pretty interesting comic overall, Sledgehammer 44 wasn’t a very interesting character. We get some information about who he is and what he can do but it isn’t much. Outside of battling, we don’t get any real information about who this character is. He is just a silent and gloomy man so he isn’t very memorable. Also, since spirits haunting a suit is something that Mignola has done before this wasn’t very original for Mignola’s world.
Overall, interesting but I wish there had been more character development so you could actually get to know the man in the suit.