Sunday, February 14, 2010

Super Soldiers #1

Coming right on the heels of the 1992 Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren action movie "Universal Soldier", Super Soldiers #1 introduces another story about creating the perfect human soldier. Like "Universal Soldier", Super Soldiers is about men which the military have reanimated with upgrades to their strength, agility, and stamina. The men had died in military battle, and their governments ("Universal Soldier" - U.S.A., Super Soldiers - U.K.) made them into soldiers lacking pain or the ability to question orders...or so they thought.

Super Soldiers #1 opens with Joseph Hauer, a super soldier, awakening from frozen animation when he wasn't supposed to. He wakes up with only one thought: kill Childs! Childs was a soldier who had done evil things before he to was turned into a super soldier. The first installment of Super Soldiers is primarily a retelling of the Marvel Universe's super soldier projects, and how we have come to the point of one such soldier waking up early with nothing but vengeance on his mind. The history recap touches on Captain America, the first super soldier, and an out of control soldier named Nuke (who was recently put down by Captain America and Dare Devil).

I reread this issue because I just watched the new, straight to DVD movie, "Universal Soldier: Regeneration." The third film in the Universal Soldier line stars some UFC fighters including Andrei Arlovski and Mike Pyle. They add to cast which includes the always entertaining Van Damme and Lundgren making the film a fun throw-back of an action film. It feels like the classic late 80's and early 90's action films which Van Damme made famous with "Bloodsport", "Lion Heart", and "Universal Soldier". It has an old school action feel, yet is shot in an updated style. For a straight to DVD film, the movie is actually really good. The actors in this film were made for these roles: emotionless (for the most part), fighting soldiers. When Van Damme and Lundgren throw down, and you knew they had to, you will find yourself leaning forward feeling every punch, kick, and wall.

Super Soldier #1 is the comic of the day because I was treated to a Van Damme good movie last night that made me pick up the Marvel UK comic today.

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