Charlie Adlard - check, world war - check, the supernatural - check. So what went wrong? When this arrived I was pretty excited. This book had all the right ingredients to be superb, visually it looks the part. Its in a nice format (comic book sized) and has Charlie Adlard (the walking dead) on art duties - in colour!! It also has the added bonus of about a 4 page interview with Adlard and the writer.
Originally produced in 2009 but only collected now, the story begins with the French and Germans at war during trench warfare. Dead in the night members of both forces are being picked off by an unseen enemy. Thus a truce is establishing until this foe is destroyed. So a band of troops from both armies set off into no man's land to find the common enemy. Sounds good so far, right? Well it is up to this point but by the conclusion the whole thing feels slightly cliched and is a huge letdown. You feel there are certain characters that don't really belong and they do little to improve the story. The unseen enemy itself is a big let down, nothing new to see here as once you look beyond the atmospheric work by Adlard, there ain't much to the whole thing. At around 48 pages it's a short and underwhelming read unfortunately!