The Expendables (2010) Graphic Novel Review


Following decades of corruption, murder of American hostages, along with betrayal of foreign policies, the US — with the help of different Nations who secretly collect a group of their most highly trained military personal — will ultimately attempt to overthrow the dictator who’s caused devastation in South America for over 20 years. This is actually the story before the story; Based on the 2010 film!


I just discovered that this graphic novel existed a few months ago, which reveals just how on the ball I am. As a fan of The Expendables movies I thought I would have a look; is it worth purchasing? It depends, I am a completist so anything Expendables associated I must have, nevertheless as a narrative there is not much to it and it is quite forgettable.
The art is pretty decent but none of the characters really look like the actors from the films. The worst is Lee Christmas who doesn’t seem anything like Jason Statham in any way. But, it’s a comic, not a picture album so that is nit-picking.
The best thing about The Expendables graphic novel is some of the back story we reach the characters, namely Gunnar (Dolph Lundgren).
We now get a true glimpse into how reckless he really is due to the drugs and we watch an angle which has been lacking from the movie. Lee Christmas pretty much can not stand him, referring to him as”Tweaker” all of the time.
Mostly high/drunk, Gunnar’s methods tend to cause more damage than good but sometimes he gets the right results so you see exactly how important he is to the team. Tool (Mickey Rourke) is as trendy as they come and also at one stage uses a flamethrower against some goons, which is arguably the highlight of the whole narrative.
Total, The Expendables image novel is a fun but minor read and if you are a completist then you should pick it up. It isn’t essential however and is pretty disgusting.