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This epic tale revolves around a ragtag squad of U.S. soldiers that must recover the mysterious Sword of God, a heavenly artifact coveted by angels and demons, before the descendants of fallen angels disguised as Nazis. If they aren't successful, the world will be destroyed. It's a good thing they've got a mysterious, immortal Roman Centurion...
This epic tale revolves around a ragtag squad of U.S. soldiers that must recover the mysterious Sword of God, a heavenly artifact coveted by angels and demons, before the descendants of fallen angels disguised as Nazis. If they aren't successful, the world will be destroyed. It's a good thing they've got a mysterious, immortal Roman Centurion fighting on their side to even the odds.
From page one to the very last, THE LIGHT BRIGADE was like watching the best war film and the best horror film on side-by-side wide screens. It's got one of the strongest premises I've read in a long time. The characterization grips your heart and squeezes. The thrills are fresh and scary. Treat yourself and seek out THE LIGHT BRIGADE. You won't be disappointed. "
Posted January 26, 2006
Light Brigade collects the outstanding four issue mini-series that was certainly one of the standout limited series' of 2004. The book tells the story of a group of American soldiers near the end of WWII, who are holed up in a cemetery in Belgium when they encounter the enemy German soldiers. But these are no ordinary men who are shot point blank and continue on with half of their heads blown away. A handful of Americans escape as their capture comrades are executed. They find refuge in an abandoned farmhouse but their peace is soon interrupted by a pair of angels, one slaying the other. The Angel Sauriel relates the tale of the Grigori, the angels charged with looking over men and safeguarding them from evil in earliest biblical history. The Grigori soon find themselves corrupted by those they sought to protect falling prey to man's weakness of emotion and leading to the mingling of Angel and man to produce a half-breed called the Nephillim. Seeking to destroy this mockery of his creation, God deluges the world with rain but some Nephillim and Grigori survive and curse God, vowing revenge. It was the Nephillim that the American soldiers encountered in the guise of German soldiers and their commander, the last surviving Grigori. They have found the sword of God and now only need to light the sword in the eternal flame from the cross that Christ was crucified on carry their battle to heaven itself. The soldiers are given the near impossible task of protecting that relic that is hidden inside a remote monastery that has been cared for by its monks for centuries. But one of these soldiers is not so ordinary either. Mark is actually Marcus Longinus, the Roman Centurion who pierced Christs chest with his spared and was doomed to spend eternity to amend for his sin, still in possession of the blood-stained spearhead. At its core Light Brigade is a standard battle of good vs. evil and I don't think it's much of a coincidence that the Germans are seen as the evil in the story. But the real hook is the outstanding characters. There's soldier Chris Stavros who's just received a letter telling him his wife has been killed in an accident and his child will be placed into foster care until he returns home. Another is a enthusiastic comic fan who fancies himself and remaining soldiers as their own version of the Justice Society. And then there is Mark, the lonely, tired Centurion who is both opposing the evil Gregori and seeking redemption. The art by Peter Snejbjerg is beautiful and evocative one can almost hear the dead silence of the snow covered Belgian forest as the soldiers hide after the attack by the Nephillim. A great comic for non-comc fans to read! Reviewed by Tim JansonWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.