Issue by Issue – Men of War #7

Writer – Roger McKenzie
Artist – Dick Ayers
Inker – Romeo Tanghal
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Milt Snapinn

Hazard is on the way to his next mission when his vehicle is sighted by a German Stuka. Suffice it to say, it is not going to be the nice, easy trip he thought he might have. Eventually, because the German flyer had no idea who he was attacking, he is defeated, but not before Hazard’s driver is injured and thus they have to make their way to the nearest town. Roger McKenzie, the author of this tale, does not make it easy on the two men though and once they think they have hit a safe harbour, they come under attack. To his detriment and surprise, Hazard soon finds out that he cannot depend on the man named Boston and realizes that if he is going to make it out of this alive, he will have to do so by himself. There is a ton of action after this point and thanks to Dick Ayers and Romeo Tanghal; it comes alive on the page in first-rate fashion. Whether man-to-man or facing a tank, Ulysses Hazard does his very best to save not only himself but those around him including a tent that finds a doctor operating on a G.I. Lo and behold though, when all seems like it might be lost, Boston and a ragtag crew of soldiers manage to step up and save the day, working with Hazard to beat back the Germans and earn Hazard’s respect. During the course of the story, McKenzie takes a small break to flash over to one Major Birch, still injured as shown in the third issue of this series, and a man who may not live to see another day as his chauffeur who is obviously a villain of some kind means to make sure of it. If there is one slight fault to this series thus far, it is when the book cuts away to these side plots, which for the moment, do not seem to be going anywhere. Eventually, one has to reason that they will, but it is taking a long while for them to do so and so it is that readers must assume that writer McKenzie has something in mind, merely taking an extended period of time to connect it up. While the story was a good one and exactly what one would expect from the man with the code name Gravedigger, it was a short one and hopefully, in the next book, it becomes a bit more robust or goes back to featuring a backup tale. Other than that, the story was strong, the artwork even better and it turned out to be a book that fully entertained which is exactly what one hopes for when picking up a comic.

4 out of 5

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