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Team Zero


Author: Chuck Dixon
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Sandra Hope and others
Titan Books
RRP: £11.99, US $17.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 856 0
ISBN-10: 1 84576 856 6
Available 27 June 2008

In the twilight of World War II, the first battle of a new World War will be fought on the Eastern frontier of Germany by a band of seven American commandos. Led by a man codenamed Deathblow, can they accomplish their mission ahead of the Soviet army marching on their exact location...?

Team Zero collects together the 6-issue comic book mini-series which sheds light on the history of the WildStorm universe. Before super-heroes, there were just heroes: men who did their duty, even if it meant their death. Seven such men make up Team Zero, and world's fate lies with them.

In the latter days of World War Two, seven military specialists are recruited for a "black ops" mission behind German lines: to steal highly secret Nazi rocket plans. But with their conflicting personalities - and abrasive temperaments - will codenames Grifter, Backlash, Deathblow, Cowboy, Claymore, Bullet and Deadeye make it back in one piece?

This collection opens bang in the middle of the action as Deathblow and his team are engaged in an undercover mission. Only Deadblow knows what the real mission is, but that doesn't help his men as Deadblow is the only one to survive. He is given a week to relax before being offered another assignment. This time he makes sure he chooses his team - all of whom come from different military backgrounds, but all are as hard as nails. These are the best of the best, an elite team handpicked to get the job done.

However, things don't go quite to plan and the team is parachute directly into their target town (not a few miles outside as planned) landing smack bang into the hands of the Germans. Now all they have to do is regroup and reformulate their plan. And then they discover that even if they manage to overpower the German forces, there's a Russian patrol bearing down on their destination.

While I have to admit to not being overly fond of war based comics, especially those that use World War II as their backdrop, Team Zero is a little different from the norm. It's funny, brutal and manages to provide enough suspense to ensure you can't put it down until you've read the last panel.

I can't recommend this collection enough - go buy.


Darren Rea

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