Issue by Issue – Men of War #12

Writer – Jack C. Harris, Robert Kanigher
Artist – Dick Ayers, Howard Chaykin
Inker – Romeo Tanghal, Howard Chaykin
Colours – Jerry Serpe, Adrienne Roy
Letters – Milt Snapinn, Ben Oda

Nearing Berlin, the children that had rescued Ulysses from a plane crash and whom he had helped to rescue their mother, or at least what was left of her from a concentration camp, take their leave of the man and not because they necessarily wish to, but simply for the fact that they are Jewish and that is a death sentence in the Nazi occupied city. Things are not going to be any easier for the Gravedigger though as those who have black skin do not tend to fare any better than those of the Jewish faith. Be that as it may, Hazard has a mission to rescue Major Birch and he means to finish it. After a bit of opposition on his way into the city, he meets up with some British agents who are in Berlin to accomplish the same goal, one amongst others they mean to complete. While it might seem an impossible task, writer Jack C. Harris and artist Dick Ayers continue to put obstacles in Hazard’s way including one of the most feared officers in the German army – Joseph Goebbels. The story breezes by with some great action and some nail-biting scenes, but Hazard pulls out a win when all is said and done and immediately receives his next mission direct from the man he just rescued. A second tale in the book features Hans Von Hammer, the Enemy Ace of World War I and it sees him finishing up his latest operation, successfully of course. After a bit of rest, he hears gunfire and the roar of planes overhead. Worst of all, he sees his family banner flying through air and attached to his enemy’s aircraft. It startles Von Hammer deeply because of something he was told when younger, how the banner was tied into his family’s fate and if it were to fall, so would his line. The story comes to an end with Von Hammer ready to take back what is his, not just the banner, but his future. Writer Robert Kanigher tells a spectacular tale once again featuring the Bloody Red Baron and Howard Chaykin brings it to life more vividly than most and a perfect successor to the legendary Joe Kubert. Both tales presented in the book are top-notch, each completely different than the other, but both providing incredible entertainment for the reader. With solid drama and high octane action minus the usual tragedy which peppers the book, this ended up being yet another great issue of an altogether great series.

4 out of 5

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