I love Joe Kubert Sgt Rock stories. For one thing, it's always easy to tell who in Easy is going to die. No cool nickname? Not one of the regulars in the squad? You're toast. It's like wearing a red uniform in the old Star Trek. More reliable than that, actually.
Originally published in 2006 as a six issue series, I picked up the 2007 trade recently. I'm fairly sure that Kubert could have told the same story in a single issue if he was so inclined, but he stretched it a bit. It's a good story, mind you, but it filled out with more character exporation of the other guys in Easy than you would usually see in the old books. A lot of that kind of character exploration would have been handled in a stand alone story featuring someone like Bulldozer or Ice Cream Soldier in those old books. So even when Kubert was filling in extra story that might not be necessary to the main arc, he was still adding relevant information about his cast and not just tripping down some side road.
The story itself is a curious one, but it's the sort of off the wall I expect from Kubert's Rock. A
After wiping out a good number of Nazis and losing the hapless new guys in Easy, we end up with a successful mission and a bit of a reminder for me. When the prophecy is taken out by helicopter I thought, wait a minute, helicopters in 1943? A little research later and sure enought there were about 700 of them in use during WWII.
Of course, a successful mission for Rock doesn't mean a shortening of the war. It just means they got the guy out and he might shorten the war.