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James Robinson and J.T. Krul On MEN OF WAR #7

The two writers will craft two stand alone stories for the seventh issue of the ongoing DC series.

If you tuned into last Friday's Comic Vine podcast you may have caught SHADE writer James Robinson slip and say that he will be working on an upcoming single issue story of MEN OF WAR for DC Comics. Today, DC confirmed the news on the Source stating that the series' seventh issue will be written by Robinson and fellow DC scribe J.T. Krul. Each creator will be providing individual, stand-alone stories for the series.

For those who are unfamiliar with the ongoing DC series, the book tells various war stories inspired by modern times and current events. While the issues thus far have revolved around the descendant of World War II comic hero Sergeant Rock, Joe Rock, the seventh issue written by Robinson and Krul will not. We asked James whether he personally feels it challenging to write a modern day war story, here's what he had to say.

There's a responsibility to portray war stories with realism, but if the story gets bogged down by that realism it can stop being fun to read, as odd as it is to say, a war story should be fun. I've tried to walk a fine line between the two. I've developed a new DC war hero, George Saint, a British SAS Soldier who has a unique way of handling problems.

JT Krul also spoke about the story he wrote, citing that he did a little bit of research and spoke to many members of the U.S. Armed Forces to get better perspective on the war in Afghanistan.

I’m telling a contemporary story about an American soldier serving in Iraq that finds himself fighting for his life along side his fellow soldiers after their helicopter is shot down. But, it’s got another component to it that digs deeper into the life of a soldier and the struggle to navigate through obstacles both on and off the battlefield.

I’ve had the chance to meet and talk with many members of the Armed Forces over the years (a lot of them comic fans). I am always impressed with their easy-going, low key nature. You’d never know that they live and work in hostile environments. It’s so above and beyond anything we as civilians experience. So, I wanted to tell a story about their resilience, but also confront some of the challenges they face in terms of living with that experience – the isolation it can bring when returning to family and friends.

The cover to MEN OF WAR #7 showcases a British soldier, based on Robinson's story, tangled in a fight with what appears to be a Afghan militant amidst a field of poppies. The poppy flower is symbolic to both Afghanistan and Great Britain, but for very different reasons. What do you think it represents? The cover is gorgeously illustrated by artist Viktor Kalvachev. Issue #7 of MEN OF WAR will be available in stores March, 2012.

Source: DC Source

Posted by jsphsmth

I am loving the title so far, but are they ever going to revive some of the old DC war heroes? Viking Commando, Haunted Tank, the original Sgt Rock.

Like the idea of Robinson. Indifferent on Krul.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Will these stand alone's still have the super human elements like the rest? and the poppy is worn on Remberance Day in because of all the blood spilled on Flanders field it looked like a field of poppys but its significant to Afghan because of the heroin trade.

Posted by NyxEquitis

Sounds great, a story about the SAS looks to be very interesting.

Posted by Gordo789

I haven't read any of these, but I'll definitely be picking this issue up for James Robinson.

Posted by cosmo111687

Ah, cool. I think that this is perfect for J. T. Krul.

Posted by waruikumo

JT Krul's slag in Green Arrow almost cancels out the brilliance of Action Comics.

Posted by KidSupreme

I have all the Men of War issues, but i`m not feeling it when I read them. It is better then some of the new 52`s but not much better... at least in my opinion!

But if you like more realism, actions, and military story this is most definitively a series you`ll want to read.

Posted by tensor

love this series really good

Posted by PowerPlug

Cool ,but i would like for them to go back to rock at some point

Posted by ReVamp

@jsphsmth said:

I am loving the title so far, but are they ever going to revive some of the old DC war heroes? Viking Commando, Haunted Tank, the original Sgt Rock.

Like the idea of Robinson. HATE on Krul.


Posted by The Impersonator

A modern warfare! :P

Posted by DarthShap

The brilliant duo that brought you Cry for Justice and Rise of Arsenal is back!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Obviously the poppy field is significant to Afghanistan and Britain for not just different reasons but similar reasons as well...the heroin trade. Outside of Southeast Asia's "Golden Triangle", Afghanistan, along with Pakistan and Iran, is the world's second greatest opium production and harvesting field. Very poignant when one starts to fill int he blanks for military occupation of the region which has happened in various times there throughout history. But I digress. The cover looks awesome and I think this can turn out to be a great single issue story.

Posted by Herx

red poppies in remembarence of the war dead.

red poppies as a product of drugs trade.

Edited by obscurefan

I was wondering where they were going to put Krul now.