HAUNTED TANK #1 - Guest Review by Chris Yother
Here's a great guest review of DC's new HAUNTED TANK #1 by war comic fan Chris Yother:
Stopped off at the shop and got my copy on Friday night. Read it early Saturday morning. The first word balloon or so woke me up - whoa, this isn't my old haunted tank! Lots of profanity which took away from the "innocence" of the old HAUNTED TANK. Fine, I guess that's what is needed to sell comics to some folks these days - maybe it makes it feel more "realistic". I did laugh quite a bit and will admit it certainly brought back a lot of old memories of me and my old GI buddies. Still, if they are going for "realistic" then there is no way that an Abrams tank would have been caught like it had - especially in the beginning where a Iraqi pickup truck full of insurgents caught the team by surprise in the middle of the desert. The electronics on those things just wouldn't let that happen.
Another big change- the General now has an actual presence - he actually takes out several Iraqis (tremendous action artwork). In the old HAUNTED TANK, he was just a spirit who advised, nothing more - he wasn't allowed to manifest.
The artwork was A+++ just tremendous and very very engrossing and detailed.
All in all, a B+ book. Could be an A series if they try to get the reality angle straightened out - i.e. profanity and Abrams tech. The trick here is to create a believable tank story with the most devastating combat tank in history. With the old HAUNTED TANK, they at least went with the Stuart, which was outdated by early 1942. The Abrams is just so dominating but if the reader goes with it, he will enjoy the story.
Between the 2 new releases - HAUNTED TANK and SGT. ROCK - It's ROCK hands down. Some historical inaccuracies with that one but far far more improved that ever before.
Great times, great great books for War comics fans...
(BTW - Finished the SHOWCASE: ENEMY ACE compilation - freakin' excellent- maybe one of the most underrated DC heroes of all. Just great great stories. Not as repetitive as some of the Rock and Haunted Tanks were.)