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Jack Kirby's The Losers

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In the 1970s, Jack "King" Kirby was hard at work at DC Comics on mind-bending epics including THE NEW GODS, THE FOREVER PEOPLE, OMAC, and THE DEMON. At the same time, Kirby also created a series of stories that drew on his own experiences in World War II.
Starring DC war heroes including Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, Gunner and Sarge, this volume features inventive storie
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by DC Comics
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Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
The time is World War II. The soldiers are Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, Gunner, and Sarge. The idea is that these guys are the Allies' proudest screw-ups who still manage to get the job done with a little bit of skill and a ridiculous fuckload of luck.

I saw the movie based on the rebooted comic cast of The Losers, and while it wasn't GREAT by any means, it was pretty entertaining, and sometimes I'll pop the DVD in when it springs back into my mind. It was also much better than The A-Team movie.
May 01, 2009 Rick rated it really liked it
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Following the 1973 cancellation of his Fourth World titles ( New Gods , Forever People , Mister Miracle , and Jimmy Olsen ), Jack Kirby created several new titles for DC ( Kamandi , The Demon , and OMAC ). In 1974, he also assumed the mantle on one existing title: Our Fighting Forces. Beginning with issue #151, Kirby rendered the chronicles of a dysfunctional WWII fighting troop, code-named the Losers.

In 1969, famed war comics creator Robert Kanigher ( Sgt. Rock , Enemy Ace ) cobbled toge
Dec 11, 2009 Adam rated it liked it
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Not as good as the Fourth World stuff, but still pretty good. It's Jack Kirby after all. How can you go wrong?
Emily Green
Mar 30, 2014 Emily Green rated it liked it
Jack Kirby’s The Losers is a compilation of Jack Kirby’s run on a World War II comic called The Losers, which features four men from different branches of the armed services. As Neil Gaiman notes in his introduction, Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, Gunner, and Sarge are practically the same character, and the comic is not about character development or even making clear differentiations of stereotypical personalities. No, the comics are pure plot with a little commentary on the war.

In this volume,
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Sep 28, 2016 Iosa MacChrìsdein MacRois rated it it was amazing
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Possibly the best war comic written, ever. Often veering into the weird & fantastic as influenced by a former GI's experience, feelings, & memories; The Losers are the US Military's resident screw-ups: all ways in the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to complete whatever mission they have, anyway they can. Jack Kirby relies on his time in WWII to tell a gripping and dark tale, though tinged with humor to keep the sheer weight of war off the reader. His plots are rich & quick, fl ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it
Not your average war comic, Kirby's The LOSERS are twelve self-contained stories that highlight the particular situations the Losers find themselves in, rather than the team members themselves. And it's ok. Delving into the supporting cast allows Kirby to present the other side of war. Partisans, enemies, allies haunted by mysterious dreams - Kirby weaves tales that bring the reader into another place beyond the battlefield. These stories do not get the respect or acclaim of his Fourth World ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Pranay rated it liked it
This hardcover volume chronicles the adventures of 4 American soldiers - Captain Cloud, Storm, Sarge and Gunner during World War 2 as they fulfill one precarious mission after another. Written and illustrated by Jack Kirby the initial stories are a bit dry but slowly grow with some colourful characters added like Panama Fatty and Evan. I found the art to be a bit out of perspective in some panels and the dialogues too long (most of the 70's and 80's comics have lots of dialogues and ...more
Russell Grant
Aug 27, 2014 Russell Grant rated it really liked it
Kirby takes on the war with DC's THE LOSERS. This was one of the last wave of books he worked on at DC in the 70's, and one he didn't want to do. You'd never know if from the work though. Dead solid in art, action and story. Kirby was the King.

This hardcover edition looks fantastic to, with a nice intro by Neil Gaiman and some nice pencil art as a supplement. The knock would be that's it's pretty short (nothing to be done there) and a quick read. A good read though, and worth checking out if yo
Acton Northrop
Sep 09, 2015 Acton Northrop rated it it was amazing
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If WWII had taken place on Apokolips it might look like this. Kirby's at his funniest and strangest here. The fact that each ish is followed up by diagrammatic guides of military apparel and weapons only underscores how bananas the proceedings are. Anxious to check out the rest of The King's post-NEW GODS DC tenure after reading this and OMAC.

i just read it again in September and it kicks so much ass. oh my GOD this is a weird comic.
Fraser Sherman
Dec 11, 2013 Fraser Sherman rated it liked it
This is much better than most of Kirby's seventies work, probably because he can't use magic tech to solve problems the way he does in OMAC. These stories of DC's WWII Spec-ops team include a couple of outstanding ones and a couple more good ones, but mostly it's just average.
William J. Meyer
Dec 28, 2012 William J. Meyer rated it really liked it
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A fun book. My favorite story is the first one, "Kill Me With Wagner." Who does it better than Kirby? I don't know.
Karl Kindt
Jan 04, 2010 Karl Kindt rated it liked it
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Fun Kirby action, but really sad and silly compared to the Fourth World stuff. Kirby and attempted realism do not mesh well.
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War! What is it good for? Comics! (Say it again - HUMPF!)
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Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books, and the co-creator of such enduring characters and popular culture icons as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America, and hundreds of others stretching back to the earliest days of the medium. He was also a comic book writer and editor. His most common ...more
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