After reading In the Wake of Heroes, I had to go back to the original press release to remember the focus on the comic. It’s an interesting idea, attempting to focus on healthcare and ageism in America. The story focuses on a veteran and his buddies who hope to go on one last military mission. The problem is, they’re in their 80s. It’s almost The Dirty Dozen for the geriatric set. They’re turned down and must go it alone.
Former Colonel Jason Roman confronts the nightmares of elder care in America and offers those cast aside by society, forgotten by their families and left behind by the government to embark on Kamikaze-style missions. The first target is a Russian doctor who sells body parts on the black market.
Former Colonel Jason Roman has waged war! He fought for the American dream and watched his men perish in battle. Now he’s watching them perish in rest homes. Follow the Colonel as he recruits a wild bunch of geriatrics and gives them an opportunity to die with dignity and the health care system.
It’s an interesting way to focus on these two issues and it’s nice to see that it’s being addressed in a comic book. But lets separate the two issues as far as how the comic addresses them. Ageism is the main focus. These are capable men and they can do the mission. The only thing stopping them is regulations and a military that sees them as too old. It’s a decent enough story and I wish there was more of a focus on just this part. Instead, we have scenes that jump without explanation and there’s no lead up as far as planning. We come into a story already in progress.
The healthcare tie is the weakest of the two. There’s some comments about how the elderly are treated and there’s a theme of allowing people to choose how they die, but other than that, it’s pretty flimsy.
This first issues should of gone with one of the two topics and stuck with it. I’d of love to see the focus on the mission expanded and it really be The Dirty Dozen with retirees. This would have allowed for some fleshing out of all of the characters too. As a whole, it’s a decent first attempt whose heart is in the right place, but doesn’t quite pull it off.
Story: 6.75 Art: 6.25 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read
Story: Lee Kolinsky Art: Sham Arifin
Publisher: Blue Eye Comics Cost: $3.50 Release Date: Out Now
Blue Eye Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.