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Issue by Issue – Men of War #15

Writer – Jack C. Harris, Bill Kelley
Artist – Dick Ayers, Larry Hama, Bill Payne
Inker – Romeo Tanghal, Jack Abel
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Milt Snapinn, Todd Klein

The fifteenth issue of Men of War features not the usual two, but three tales for readers to enjoy and it begins with Ulysses Hazard who has taken command of a tribe of Arabs in the deserts of Africa. He leads them to find ‘the Man With the Opened Eye,’ in order to stop him from delivering some sensitive documents to the German government. Encountering a couple of British tanks, the group Hazard commands wants to attack, but he stops them short, only to find some German Panzers show up and begins a battle with the British. In their midst, the man Hazard is looking for joins up with his countrymen, not knowing that Gravedigger has hitched a ride with them. Things go wrong as they most often do though and Hazard finds himself a prisoner thanks to the creative team of Jack C. Harris, Dick Ayers and Romeo Tanghal. In the second story of the book, one called Wolfpack, readers are immersed in a sea battle between enemy subs, those of the Germans and Americans. While it looks like it might go the way of the Germans, it only looks as such and thanks to Commander Daley, the crew of the American’s sub are in the best of hands. Here, writer Bill Kelley goes into the origin of Daley who readers will discover had a rough childhood when the oceans claimed his family. It sees the boy grow into a man, one who has no fear of the water and excels in it far more than any other. Now as the commander of his own sub, he takes the Germans on a merry chase and when all is said and done, they emerge victorious thanks to some quick thinking and better skill. Drawn by Larry Hama, the man makes it all exciting and fresh as Men of War has featured no such stories like this as of yet and it could not be any better. The final tale of the bunch is a short two-pager, the writer of it lost to time, but drawn well by Bill Payne. Called The Sentry, it is a quick read and only notable for featuring the one and only Abraham Lincoln. With the first story in the book, it is definitely ramping up and becoming quite the page-turner while the second tale was a nice change from the usual Enemy Ace and Dateline: Frontline features, not that they are bad in any sense of the word. The last little account was a good end-cap and the book would do well to put more of these in its pages as they could provide a look at other wars and other men or women who fought in them over the years.

4 out of 5

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