Bruce Campbell Delivers Action-Packed Horror in Sgt Rock Vs Army of the Dead
The following contains spoilers from sergeant. Rock vs. army of the deadon sale now from DC Comics.
Since ending its Vertigo line of comics, DC has been trying to figure out how to get back to horror comics. In sergeant. Rock vs. army of the dead #1, Bruce Campbell nailed the concept of horror in a new comic for DC alongside artist Edward Risso.
When DC ended its Vertigo Comics imprint after Rebirth, it tried a number of new ideas for telling horror-themed, mature comics. Not only did he launch his Black Label line for discerning readers, but he also appealed to horror master Joe Hill with his Hill House imprint. Eventually settling on DC Horror Presents, DC produced titles such as Conspiracy and soul plumber. However, the recent report by Bruce Campbell Sgt Rock vs Army of the Dead features the publisher’s best horror comics in years and provides a solid template for DC to follow in subsequent projects.
There are a number of points sergeant. Rock against the army of the dead going well and something DC should keep in mind going forward. One of the best features is the use of lesser-known characters to tell Elseworlds horror stories. Many of DC’s older, more obscure heroes have been left out, as the publisher struggles to find a place for them in today’s increasingly Batman-centric continuity. Set near the front lines during World War II, when the Third Reich begins to resuscitate its dead soldiers, Sgt. Rock must muster a fighting force to fight back. Armed with an array of new gadgets, the first issue left the unit on their way to battle hordes of zombies.
Campbell’s is also one of the few famous comic book writers whose writing lives up to the hype. Having written other comics in the past related to his films as well as several books, Campbell is no stranger to entertaining writing. All of which makes him a great fit for such a comic. Bringing his fame to Sam Raimi evil Dead franchise with a very similar concept, Campbell delivered exactly what his fans would have hoped for from him. And in doing so, it also created one of the best DC horror comics of the past decade, providing a great formula to point the way for future projects from the new horror imprint.
By using a fan-favorite horror trope in Nazi Zombies, Campbell also shows readers that just because a horror trope is old doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. The WWII frame – perfect for Sgt. Rock – associated with the successful zombie horror subgenre, with the dark hero in mind, is a great formula for the future. The DC world has a fun history with the horror genre, as seen in Elseworlds, Vertigo, and mainstream books. Many of its characters, especially the lesser-known and obscure ones, are perfect for the horror imprint, especially with fast-paced action like that offered by this book.
DC Horror Presents isn’t the company’s first stab at a horror-exclusive imprint. Prior to that, they hired Joe Hill to create his Hill House comics imprint, under which titles like Diving, basket full of heads and sea dogs has been published. However, this imprint, like Vertigo, fell by the wayside, and DC again found itself without a clear horror strategy. The best part about Campbell’s comic is that where other horror titles have sought to use movies or create new worlds, it explored an older DC era. It can be a great way to reintroduce old DC characters to younger audiences, taking them to new genres rather than leaving them in obscurity.
With uncertainty about what to do with its darker, horror-themed books, but a need for the genre, DC now has a formula in place. Not every book needs a famous writer, but finding unique creators with a penchant for and connection to the horror genre is absolutely essential. In fact, many of DC’s classic Vertigo creators are still alive and open for work. The horror genre in comic books has hurdles to overcome that other genres frankly don’t. But with sergeant. Rock against the army of the deadDC now has a way forward for its horror books.