Writer – Roger McKenzie, Cary Burkett
Artist – Dick Ayers, Jerry Grandenetti
Inker – Romeo Tanghal, Jerry Grandenetti
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Milton Snapinn, Shelly Leferman
In a story called Berkstaten and one continued from the last issue, Ulysses Hazard finds himself accompanying some children he recently met who are determined to free their mother from a concentration camp. It is a mission that Hazard could not ignore even though he had a more pressing task in Berlin. Roger McKenzie and Dick Ayers pack the book full of action as the former gravedigger breaks into the camp, fully intent on finding his goal, but he cannot help but see the horror that surrounds him. How does Hazard not attempt to free all of those within the camp, no matter how much the odds might be stacked against him? It is a hard thing and when all is said and done, but the camp is no more, though at what cost the reader has to wonder and no doubt, something that is on Hazard’s mind as well. The second story in the book is the conclusion to the tale began the previous issue which sees Wayne Clifford and his compatriot trapped in a house that has caved in on them. To make matters worse, there is a baby present, the child of the woman who was killed in the attack perpetrated by the British officer Wayne was riding with near the front. Eventually they are rescued, but it is by the local inhabitants who are thankful that the child had lived, though they care nothing for the British or the Germans or for Clifford himself who though a reporter and an American and designated as a neutral party, is set to face the same fate as his partner. There is one out that is presented to him and that is to be the propaganda piece of the Sheik, something he will never do. Cary Burkett writes a strong tale of the cost of battle, even though there was little of it in this story. Clifford is turning out to be a great character and while he might not be the soldier that Hazard is in the main feature of the book, he ends up seeing almost as much action and all that it entails. This story also sees Clifford do something which he probably thought he would never have to do and it automatically weighs on his conscious, something that writer Burkett focuses on immediately and hopefully, something that will follow the character into future issues, at least for a bit. The artwork for both stories is a perfect fit and the writing is both smart and engaging, something not always found when a book is split into multiple creative teams, ultimately making it a great package from one issue to the next.
4 out of 5