Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lost Squad Trade Paperback Review

Lost Squad
Devil's Due Publishing (DDP)
144 pages
$18.99 (2007) Trade Paperback
ISBN 9781932796414

Contributors: Chris Kirby, Alan Robinson, and Kel Nuttall

Reprints: Lost Squad #1-6 (of 6)

Synopsis: 1942 Europe during World War II and the Nazis are winning.  They have developed a new division of soldiers using occult knowledge which gives them an advantage over the Allies.  In response the Allies have put together a group of soldiers with their own occult powers, the Lost Squad!

The Lost Squad parachutes into action
When things get weird the Allies call on the Lost Squad and this time around they have to foil another one of Hitler's mad plots.  He is planning to use a special crystal ball to look into the future and predict what moves to make against the Allies.  When this crystal ball ends up being a little girl the Lost Squad must infiltrate a remote town crawling with occult Nazi soldiers.

Major Smithenry lost his squad and is trying not to repeat the same mistake with the Lost Squad.  Sergeant Lymangood recently lost his daughter and his misery is making him recklessly jump into the fray.  Corporal Berg is an amateur occult scholar and he wears glasses.  Captain Boudreau is a former priest who lost his faith.  Jose loves his gum.  They are the Lost Squad and they never back down from a few creepy Nazi zombies.

Pros: Ambitious and over-the-top, lots of heart, plenty of action, potential movie in the works

Cons: Black and white interior, art is fairly rough and unpolished, story is kind of like something a 10-year-old would write (although it probably would make a good action flick), movie has not happened yet
Black and white interiors

Mike Tells It Straight:
Lost Squad came out in 2007 and had some buzz for an upcoming Hollywood movie.  Fast-forward to 2012 and the movie is still in limbo.  I liked the premise of an occult WWII action tale and Chris Kirby is actually a pretty decent writer.  He manages to give each character a unique personality and background.

The art is a bit cartoony and it's monochromatic (obviously due to budget contraints).  It felt like an unpolished independent comic with a lot of heart.  Not a bad thing, but pretty rough.  At this point the movie prospects may be doubtful (you know Hollywood), but I think a Lost Squad movie would be very cool.  Check it out if you want to read something simple, off the beaten path, and full of demonic Nazi soldiers getting blown away.

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