Writer – Roger McKenzie, Cary Burkett
Aritst – Dick Ayers, Gerry Grandenetti
Inker – Romeo Tanghal
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Clem Robbins, Milt Snapinn
Ulysses Hazard, the man whose code name is Gravedigger, is sent into an abandoned prison called Remanchant to recover some stolen art. Like everything else that he has encountered so far though, things are not quite what they seem and what began as one mission turns out to be another. Roger McKenzie and Dick Ayers bring this tale to life, a bit of tragedy only made better by the arrival of Hazard into the picture. The prison it seems, is not so empty as believed as the surrounding townspeople are being held prisoner along with the artwork and now Hazard has more to worry about than himself. At the very least, he has the training and he will do what he can to get each and every one of them out no matter the cost. In the next installment of Dateline: Frontline by Cary Burkett and Gerry Grandenetti, reporter Wayne Clifford feels responsible for the woman who died in the railway station last issue and though it is not his fault, he decides to take it upon himself to notify the family. Burkett crafts a moving tale, but one fraught with suspense and tension as the sirens roar over London again and Nazi bombers look to punish the city for its way of life. One such bomb hits the house where Clifford has just arrived and thankfully it does not explode, but it is ticking down and if he does not get some help soon, said family he meant to help in his own slight way, will surely die. Grandenetti’s artwork is spectacular and conveys that urgency perfectly to the viewer, the panic and worry on Clifford’s face evident throughout the story. It is a nail-biting tale and when it finally ends, it does so with both sadness and hope. Again, Men of War presents two very different stories, but both having one thing in common and that is the theme of perseverance, of courage and the will to overcome the evil that is set against the two leading men. They might go about it differently, but in the end, they accomplish the same thing which is the propagation of hope, that things will turn out for the better as long as there are good men and women to fight for it. With a lot of action and just as much drama to accompany it, the sixth issue of this series turned out to be a win on every level.
4 out of 5