Seven Soldiers

    (DC, 2005)
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Grant Morrison. The mere mention of the writer’s name makes the comic book fan’s mind reel: after all, he broke all the rules with his vision for Animal Man, made the Doom Patrol even stranger, and restored the Justice League of America to greatness. Seven Soldiers is his love letter to some of DC’s second- and third-stringers.

In the opening few pages, we learn that the Seven Unknown Men are in need of soldiers for a highly sensitive mission of cosmic proportions; then Morrison introduces us to the Whip, the granddaughter of the Golden Age hero who wants the thrills and the fame super-heroics bring. She narrates the better part of this introductory tale which finds her battling alongside the Vigilante, the Western troubadour-turned-crimefighter; Gimmix, the follower in the footsteps of Merry the Girl of a Thousand Gimmicks and the Star-Spangled Kid; Blue Boy, possessor of a super-suit and a sonic horn; Dyno-Mite Dan, an eBay shopper who scarfed up two Golden Age mystery rings that go BOOM; and the latest Ludlow to bear the name the Spider. However, they may not be most successful super-team in the history of comics—which paves the way for the seven intervening limited series that lead up to Seven Soldiers #1.

— Thomas Moudry

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