War Heroes (comics)

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War Heroes
Cover of War Heroes #1. July 2008. Art by Tony Harris and J. D. Mettler.
Publication information
Publisher Image Comics
Schedule Erratic
Format Limited series
Publication date August 2008 -
Number of issues 6
Creative team
Writer(s) Mark Millar
Penciller(s) Tony Harris
Inker(s) Cliff Rathburn
Letterer(s) Clem Robins
Colorist(s) J. D. Mettler
Creator(s) Mark Millar
Tony Harris
Editor(s) Drew Gill

War Heroes is a six-issue limited series from Image Comics, written by Mark Millar,[1] with art by Tony Harris.[2]

Millar has said "War Heroes is everything I've been leading up to with Civil War, Ultimates, The Authority, Kick-Ass and Wanted"[3] and "This is what my Ultimates 3 would have been if Bryan and I had stuck around."[1]

Publication history[edit]

The 6-issue limited series started August 2008 but as of December 2016 only three issues have been published.


Set in an alternate timeline during the coalition wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the detonation of a nuclear bomb in Washington D.C. prompts the United States administration to expand the coalition War on Terror to include Iran, as well as institute martial law in the United States. As American casualties increase, morale and public support declines with the economy, reducing America's standing in the world. Lacking the necessary recruits, the US Military boosts enlistment by distributing pills to its soldiers which confer upon them various superpowers, tipping the scale in the war.

The story focus on a group of disenchanted American con artists, who enlist in the military to steal the pills and sell them to foreign investors at $10 million before planning to desert. Initially, however, the con artists had no knowledge of the identity of their clients that they were to sell to until it was revealed to be the terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda. When one of the con artists' brother (a war hero) is taken prisoner in an attack by a super-powered member of Al-Qaeda, the con artists set about rescuing him from a public execution.


David Wallace reviewed the first issue for Comics Bulletin and concluded that "this is a solid debut that sets up the book's premise quickly and efficiently, and shows a lot of potential for the future."[4] Richard Renteria at Newsarama agrees saying "Millar deftly sets into motion a series of events that are perfectly captured by Harris’ detailed and eye-catching art."[5]

The first issue had sales estimates of 30,637 putting it at 77th in the sales charts.[6]


In September 2008 it was announced that War Heroes had been optioned by Sony, with Michael DeLuca as producer and Millar taking an executive producer role.[7][8]