Thursday, July 07, 2005

Why Lost Squad #1 Will Be Good

As I mentioned here, I am looking to give you all more info on the books that might be overshadowed in the mountain of materials that make up the Previews catalog.

Lost Squad #1 is solicited in the July Previews by Devil's Due Publishing.

It is written by Chris Kirby and drawn by Alan Robinson.

Here is writer Chris Kirby himself speaking about the Lost Squad...
I like to say that the Lost Squad is the Dirty Dozen as written by Rod Serling. It's part BAND OF BROTHERS and part X-FILES.

The Lost Squad is an adventure series about a group of soldiers each blessed (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) with special abilities and traits who are recruited to fight a secret war against the Germany's elite occult troops. Toss in a little retro 50's sci-fi weaponry and technology -- soldiers with jet packs, mechanical spider-tanks, a high speed "ghost" train, a "crystal ball" device that can tell the future -- to go along with all of the ghosts, magic, and monsters and you get the alternate reality WWII of the Lost Squad.

The series has a little something for everyone -- sci-fi, horror, a little fantasy, and of course, a war story. I've tried to give the characters some depth and backstory and then let them loose on the battlefield that Alan Robinson and myself created. They're an interesting bunch, every one of them a lost soul in some way really, who find themselves encountering strange and bizarre battle conditions.
The first story arc opens with a short prologue story about an ambush on a German convoy to recover the Second Seal as described in the book of Revelations. That leads the team into a search for the Nazi "ghost" train and the ISABEL device -- an invention that the Allies believe can tell the future.

We've got a good two or three years worth of stories to tell and I hope people will join us on the ride.
If that sounds like it floats your boat, be sure to tell your retailer!

The code is JUL052799. #1 is three bucks.

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Blogger Pól Rua said...

The solicitation in previews is (if you'll excuse me saying so) Dog shit awful.
Based on this review, I've already had two people add it too their pull list. Based on the Previews solicit, I wasn't even going to order it.

7/08/2005 04:21:00 AM  
Blogger Harvey Jerkwater said...

Jeebus. The entire thing sounds derivative and boring. If they threw in a monkey and a pirate, they'd have the whole stock of non-superhero action comic cliches.

Yeah, it could be good, but the preview is powerfully discouraging.

7/08/2005 02:31:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Oh, I dunno, from this it doesn't sound too bad.

7/08/2005 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger Pól Rua said...

I can dig Harvey's point, but originality is extremely overrated.
Frankly, 90% of the really good stuff out there is derivative, but succeeds based on competant execution moreso than 'originality'.

7/13/2005 01:39:00 AM  
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