PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More than eight months after upending its universe of classic heroes and ongoing titles, DC Entertainment is bringing six more titles to readers, including a contemporary take on its vintage war comic, "G.I. Combat."
The book, one of six new titles in comic shops on Wednesday, features a pair of stories that focus on modern-day U.S. soldiers in situations both fantastic, chaotic and, in some cases, out of time, too.
Writer J.T. Krul's offering focuses on a pair of special forces operatives stationed aboard a U.S. Navy ship in the Sea of Japan. As it monitors North Korea, a dead zone immune to any and all radar, sonar, satellite imagery and more pops up, causing concern about what may be hiding there.
"They see this blotted out section and it definitely piques their curiosity," he said. "That's why they send the team in."
What they find there is something out of an H.G. Wells novel or a science fiction film, he said, noting the title of the first chapter is "The War That Time Forgot."
"It's a lot like 'Predator,'" Krul said in an interview this week about the dynamic between the two soldiers — Stevens and Elliott — as they're forced to react, and fight, a force unlike any they've trained for.
"It's what they're trained for," Krul said. Even when "confronted by this unbelievably challenging and difficult environment — like being surrounded by dinosaurs!"
The artwork by Ariel Olivetti captures the confusion and outright shock as the soldiers' teammates are rapidly killed off in a quick, but decidedly monstrous fashion, too.
The second feature of the comic, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, takes DC's long-suffering Unknown Soldier and envelopes him in the fabric of the war on terror from the London bombings of July 2005 to the malleable and shifting battlefields of Afghanistan.