Friday, December 5, 2008

SGT. Rock The Lost Battalion

The second issue of SGT. Rock The Lost Battalion came out yesterday (cover image here on the left) and one has but to look through either of the first two issues and they'll be impressed upon that this is a labor of love by Billy Tucci, the writer / artist of this mini-series. SGT. Rock The Lost Battalion is inspired / based upon the true story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Unit, made up largely of Japanese Americans, in WWII , who suffered high casualties, but were also the most decorated military unit in U.S. military history.

Anyone who's read my blog entry from September 10th will remember how I recounted hearing Billy Tucci talk about this SGT. Rock project at the Diamond retailer summit and how passionate he was to bring this part of history to more people's attention and his passion and attention to detail definitely shows in the two issues that are out thus far. I'm doing good traffic with the book at my store, but I hope that it does well across the board because Tucci would like to write a regular SGT. Rock comic illustrated by various artists (like DC's Jonah Hex). I'm sure that the collected volume of Billy Tucci's Sgt. Rock The Lost Battalion will do especially well, but I think this is very much worth getting in monthly installments as well as the collected volume because you can then pass on your single copies to others after you've gotten the collected volume for yourself (or vice versa). Additionally the first two issues would make great stocking stuffers for your dad, grandfather, or anyone who wants to learn about an important part of U.S. history

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