GI Combat expands DC's line of war comics. It also contains revamps of old series with the first story "The War That Time Forgot" written by J.T. Krul and painted art by Ariel Olivetti. The concept is simple: A US Special Forces unit is sent into an area in North Korea that has been totally blacked out. Inside they find themselves transported into a land full of dinosaurs. "Have they been sent back in time?" "How will they escape?" are just two of the questions this story asks. The fairly simple plot – soldiers versus dinosaurs – is brought to life by some amazing artwork by Olivetti. The second story is a new version of the "Unknown Soldier" by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Dan Panosian. When a man‘s family is killed by terrorists, he goes on to become a skilled assassin to kill any and all terrorists. In the process his face is destroyed and he wears bandages to hide his disfigurement. I didn’t find too much originality in this lead-off story. But it’s a safe bet that with Palmiotti and Gray, who’ve been doing such a great job writing the western genre with DC’s ‘"All Star Western," that we’ll soon find it a compelling read.
The last two books are the cream of the crop as DC reintroduces and reinvents its alternate earth concept in the new titles Earth 2 and World's Finest. In "Earth 2" written by James Robinson and illustrated by Nicola Scott, we are quickly introduced to an Earth ravaged by years of war. All superheroes are either dead or missing. We see the world years after the war, as familiar characters beloved by longtime comic book fans – Alan Scott, Al Pratt, and Jay Garrick – are introduced. Will they become the superheroes we once knew? I can’t wait for the issues to come as we will see Earth find new heroes to defend it.