Battle Hymn

February 13, 2006 | Trades


Battle Hymn
B. Clay Moore, Jeremy Haun
Image Comics
$14.99 US (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

It’s a story as old as superhero comics: costumed types get together to fight the evil hordes of (insert wartime enemy of America here).
Of course, that old song sounds nothing like Battle Hymn.
When Good Ol’ U.S.A. decides to round up some of the aforementioned superpeople to use to teach the Nazis a lesson, Watchguard — an assemblage that rather greatly resembles a couple of other comic book company’s WW2 superteams — is born.
The different tune chimes in when writer B. Clay Moore — impressively aided by artist Jeremy Haun — asks: What would happen if Uncle Sam really did have control over a collective of individuals as powerful as a legion of troops?
Would it be a quick end for the Nazi regime? Or would a much darker side of the U.S. government rear its ugly head?
The answer unfolds in this collection of one of the smarter superhero books of 2005.

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