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Issue by Issue – Men of War #20

Writer – Jack C. Harris, Robert Kanigher
Aritst – Dick Ayers, Howard Chaykin
Inker – Romeo Tanghal, Howard Chaykin
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Shelly Leferman, Ben Oda

Now that Hazard’s mission is over, he ends up back in London where the United States undersecretary and Major Birch assign him another one and of course, it also happens to be a suicide mission much like the last few. It is lucky for Hazard that he is good at what he does because he has had some close calls over the last little while. So it is that Jack C. Harris and Dick Ayers send Ulysses off to occupied territory again so that he might eke out just where it is that the Germans are keeping their supplies, an important task as the Allies have need of them, what with them running short themselves. It is a dangerous job of course, but he is the best man for the job and eventually completes it, though not without causing a bit of trouble and saving a few lives along the way. In the second tale by Robert Kanigher and starring the Bloody Red Baron himself, it is a continuation of the story that began in the last issue, one that sees him trying to right a wrong, one that will give a young boy the will to live again and secondly, eliminate a threat to the Reich. Taking his Fokker into the thick of the action and while a couple of foes are disposed of in no short amount of time, he finally meets the foe he was seeking, the serial killer of the air who likes to collect trinkets from his victims. The Baron does not intend to be one of those, quite the opposite in fact and so, after some incredible aerial feats and evading death once again, the Baron manages to do that which he promised. Drawn by Howard Chaykin, the story is both exciting and beautiful at once and Enemy Ace is shown to be in fine form. While the adventure of the Baron is wrapped up nice and neat, so too is the first story with Ulysses Hazard while managing to be a complete, done-in-one tale without the need of following it to the next issue. The further Hazard’s main plot goes though, it shows the man becoming increasingly concerned with the missions he is given. Perhaps it is the fact that he may not be getting enough rest of that his government seems a little eager to get rid of him by continually sending him out so fast. Whatever the case, for the reader it makes for a great time and one can only hope that one day, Hazard will get his happy ending. This was yet another great issue that would pave the way for more to follow.

4 out of 5

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