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Men of War, Vol. 1: Uneasy Company

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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Men of War follows young, headstrong soldier Joe Rock (grandson of the legendary Sgt. Rock) as he assumes command of Easy Company–a team of ex-military men turned contractors. Will they survive the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DCU's Super-Villains? Find out in this explosive new series from ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
Nov 07, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
I was looking forward to reading a "New 52" title that didn't centre around costumes/capes and expected a kind of modern day version of Garth Ennis' "War Stories". "Men of War" is instead a series of semi-realistic modern war stories with superhero elements mixed in.

Ivan Brandon's "Uneasy Company" story arc makes up the first half of the book featuring Sgt. Rock deployed in an unnamed Eastern country fighting a shadowy group of figures amidst wreckage caused by an unknown superhero. The inclusio
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Alan
Aug 25, 2012 Alan rated it liked it
A good thing about the rebooted DCU 52 was a minor attempt to expand past the standard superhero genre. Ergo, among the staples of the 1950s and 1960s for the company was war comics, especially the long running Sgt. Rock character. While almost all past history was thrown out with the reboot, some of it was retained. Here the Rock the readers meet is Frank Rock's grandson. A young army man who starts to rise in the ranks, and then does something to get himself reduced in rank. By the end of the ...more
Michael Angerville
Jul 31, 2013 Michael Angerville rated it liked it
I loved the art of the book; Tom Derenick did a fantastic job of capturing the dark, gritty, and realistic tone of the military setting. The writing was solid as far as the dialogues and narrations go, but the story as a whole didn't seem to have an overall direction. After reading this entire volume, the reader still doesn't know exactly who the super-powered people were or why they were involved in various missions that Easy Company had to carry out. I know the series got cancelled only after ...more
Shane
Jul 30, 2012 Shane rated it it was ok
There are two parts to this collection to review. The first half (which seems to be the main stories of each comic, as compared to the shorter backup stores) tells the story of Sgt. Joe Rock as he leads his company through mid-east battles. There are plenty of allusions to him being the grandson of the legendary Sgt. Rock of WWII, however, in this case he is constantly coming up against unexpected meta-human and paranormal enemies as he tries to carry out missions. Something about the whole seri ...more
Kevin
Aug 17, 2012 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This book has kind of a strange ethereal quality about certain stories. I enjoyed the main story of Sgt. Rock leading his commandos against superhumans. Some of the backup stories were good, celebrating the lives of our actual soldiers. Other backup stories were overly preachy. Issue 8 swithces tone entirely and gives us a World War II tale of Frankenstein (Future Agent of S.H.A.D.E.). I enjoyed the Frankenstein section, but it was a definite tonal switch from everything else. The Sgt. Rock and ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 28, 2015 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it

This is a bit weird, but I liked it. I was expecting war stories and got that but mixed in with meta-humans and supervillains. Joe rock is the grandson of the famous "Sgt. Rock" and he is the lead on a special force which gets sent out basically on black ops nobody else knows about. These end up having some kind of weird villain involved. The book is comprised of a couple of arcs which are completely unrelated to the DC universe and they were quite good once I got the feel for it. Especially the
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Daniel Butcher
Sep 25, 2012 Daniel Butcher rated it liked it
Shelves: new-52
I really wanted to give this a four because I liked the mix of real world into the DC universe. But the most realistic stories have too many question marks like was Circe the metahuman that harrased the city, who was Prior Hearst working for, and how do they intersect with these more real life situations.

Maybe if the series was not cancelled all would have been revealed!
Sean
Jan 21, 2014 Sean rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one!
The idea behind some of the new 52 titles was to spotlights different corners of the DC Universe that were never highlighted before. Sadly, here we're given an incomprehensible mess. The first arc involving Sgt. Rock made little to no sense. Most of the rest of the book involved throw away tales or misplaced ones (Frankenstein). The art was decent but not spectacular. The book's individual covers were fantastic but overall the book was pretty forgettable. Just not worth the time.
Damián Vives
Sep 21, 2014 Damián Vives rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
UN cómic bélico bastante pobre dentro de la tradición de la editorial DC. La saga principal, protagonizada por el nieto del ilustre Sargento Rock, presenta algún interés que termina diluyéndose en la insipidéz de un guión mediocre. Las historias secundarias: altamente olvidables.
Graham Bailey
Jul 20, 2012 Graham Bailey rated it liked it
Not usually a fan of war stories, but this was alright. Decent art, nice re-imagining of Sgt. Rock and some good (if clichéd) storytelling. Don't be fooled by the low rating, it's not that bad.
Nephyo
I'm giving this three stars but I wanted to note that the very last story in this collection is very good but far too short to bump up the overall rating of the collection.
Callum Shephard
Dec 16, 2012 Callum Shephard rated it it was ok
The single biggest problem when it comes to a new comic is keeping a consistent tone for readers to get used to. If it is changing the style and approach to things every six issues, whatever following it has built up will likely collapse around it, especially if new writers refuse to follow up on old ones. This is a problem which seems to be striking a lot of comics in the New 52 and Men of War is just one case example.

You could effectively divide is short run into two halves, the first arc titl
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Robert
Oct 08, 2014 Robert rated it did not like it
Idiotic. Nonsensical. Just Plain Bad. Amazed it lasted three issues let alone six. They rape the memory of the classic Sgt. Rock by trotting out his grandson as a not-sergeant and adding supervillians to his world, and then have a bunch of b-stories, any of which is better than the lead - -which isn't saying much. Mercifully canceled.
Kris
Nov 09, 2012 Kris rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
When my brothers and I were young, somebody gave us a box of old comic books - A mix of Tales of Mystery, old westerns, Sgt. Rock and some other war comics, and even one or two True Romance. The stories in Men of War remind me of a lot of the old war comics - groups or individual soldiers up against the enemy in combat. (The "Uneasy Company" story arc does have a superhero element that the old comics didn't.) There was even a story that included a Civil War ghost possession that reminded me of t ...more
Alex Sarll
One of the New 52 DC books which almost sounded interesting enough for me to buy the collection - and I'm glad the library got it in instead. Yes, the main story has an interesting mood, exploring life for ordinary soldiers in a world where the strange new phenomenon of superhumans makes battlefields even more unpredictable - but the storytelling isn't great (even if it's a deliberate effort to capture the fog of war, it was a poor choice). The other stories in the anthology are a mixed bag, but ...more
Travis
Aug 19, 2012 Travis rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
Good idea that ended up being a pretty 'blah' comic.
Soldiers in a super hero universe will have to deal with more than terrorists and war. Weird stuff will happen.
Great idea, but then the book meanders around, the cast never feels like more than 'types' and the writer seemed reluctant to use any big name DC threats, so it never really hooked me.

The back ups were decent, but for the most part generic war stories that have been done better in the old EC war comic reprints.

points to DC for trying
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James Dunphy
Jan 18, 2014 James Dunphy rated it did not like it
Lame pseudo-Iraq war storyline that's incomprehensible. Barely ties in with the rest of the new DCU following the "New 52". To top the art is basic, and nothing of note. The last issue is basically the publishers saying "Hey go read Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E because that's such a better book, we're giving it to you here."

As I'm starting to find, this was yet another lame introduction in DC's feeble attempt to restart their universe.
arjuna
May 12, 2014 arjuna rated it it was ok
I'm going to be very lazy and refer you to Sam Quixote's review because he covers pretty much all the things I would say very well. I too went into this expecting a sort of Ennis-type "Battlefields" collection and got ...superheroes. Dotted throughout with concepts and elements which in themselves have a certain appeal, but not as a collection quite what I wanted out of a war comic. (On the other hand, I rather liked the - admittedly silly - "Frankenstein" piece... file that under guilty pleasur ...more
Craig
Feb 20, 2013 Craig rated it it was ok
Not very good. The main story isn't very well-developed or very clearly defined. Seems like there's a lot of stuff missing, between the lines. And the artwork is just pretty blah, for the most part. The interesting stuff is in the one-shots that feature a wide variety of different characters, writers, and artists. There's a pretty good story about a knife fight by Matt Kindt, and I liked the Civil War re-enactment story, with Richard Corben artwork. But it's hard to see where this might have gon ...more
Gavin
Jul 07, 2013 Gavin rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
The stories about Joe Rock were decent, but they couldn't stick to normal military action, they had to throw in superhumans and supernatural beings. The side stories were just silly, other than the always entertaining stories of Frankenstein and the Agents of SHADE. There's no surprise that this is the only volume in this title. Just not enough to sink your teeth into, and for trying to be away from all the superhero stuff, they sure liked to use powers and weird stuff instead of just focus on a ...more
Cale
Jun 28, 2013 Cale rated it really liked it
I'm not often one for war comics, but this collection was really impressive. The main story, with Sgt. Rock, was stellar, taking the Rock archetype, modern war, and super heroes, and mixing them into a really strong war story. The backup issues were of varying quality; the Frankenstein story is as off-the-wall as Agents of S.H.A.D.E. and silly fun, while others were dark, exploring the psychology of soldiers.
Jessie
Dec 10, 2012 Jessie rated it did not like it
Against all expectations, I kind of liked the first storyline in this book. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either and I liked Joe. And then...and then I guess they knew they were being canceled and they decided to use fan letters instead of real stories? Just...not...ugh.
Erik
May 22, 2015 Erik rated it did not like it
It was nice to see DC try a few different types of comics with the New 52, but this one was a pretty big failure. Dumb plot, generic characters, average art. The only good part is the Frankenstein story. Not surprising it was one of the first New 52 cancellations.
Ola
Oct 13, 2015 Ola rated it it was ok
The first pages was promising...then they lost me... until the end of the Sgt. Rock arc where I got back on track. The following mini-stories ranged from bad to OK, The Frankenstein story and the" knife fight" where the best. 1,5 stars!
Brent
Aug 07, 2013 Brent rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, fiction, war
Sgt. Rock's grandson in lead feature, more like a techno-thriller. Backup stories are much better, especially one drawn by the always-amazing Richard Corben.
Morbus Iff
Sep 14, 2012 Morbus Iff rated it really liked it
No idea why this was canceled so soon - I thought it quite good, especially with the superhuman elements.
M. Ashraf
Jun 12, 2012 M. Ashraf rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I didn't like it and after few issue I dropped it :( , it wasn't as cool as I though it would be
John Yelverton
Jul 02, 2012 John Yelverton rated it did not like it
Despite the misleading title, this book had nothing to do with Sgt. Rock.
Sarah
Dec 24, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: dcu
Mixed bag of stories. Some were good, some were less than good.
Sam
Oct 04, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing
Don't ordinarily read war comics, but this was excellent.
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