Writer – Jack C. Harris, Cary Burkett
Artist – Dick Ayers, Jerry Grandenetti
Inker – Romeo Tanghal, Jerry Grandenetti
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Ben Oda, Todd Klein
In the thrilling concluding chapter of the story that was started last issue, Ulysses Hazard has held off the invading Nazi force momentarily, but he must continue to do so until the army arrives – whenever that might be. Still partially reeling over the loss of his best friend, Hazard is one man against many and the Nazis are actively out to get him. All of this is thanks to Goebbels, who has proclaimed that Hazard must die, but the Nazi agents are no match for the man and as they battle up and down the New Jersey beach and boardwalk, they soon find themselves outclassed. There is still the matter of the submarines and even though Hazard has taken care of the men, the U-boats are another matter. Thankfully the army does indeed show up and just in time and the invasion of America, at least in this particular spot, is stopped short. While Jack C. Harris tells a suspenseful tale, Dick Ayers and Romeo Tanghal shine on the artwork, drawing many an exciting scene including one in a hall of mirrors, much like the Orson Welles film The Lady From Shanghai. In a second story, Wayne Clifford and Dateline: Frontline return and they do so in Russia, this time with the protagonist trudging through the snow with a number of soldiers and a fellow reporter by the name of Greg Shepherd. It is not an easy task and soon they are attacked by the Germans, with the Russians making quick work of them. But all is not as well as it could be and more Germans arrive and in the midst of the battle, Shepherd is wounded and he and Clifford take shelter, hoping to survive what is taking place. Burkett, much like Harris, writes a very exciting piece, but in this instance it goes from a war story to one of survival as the two reporters must rely upon a stranger named Anya, braving not only the weather, but her as well what with being an unknown. After two weeks at her cabin, they are soon ready to go especially as the Germans are moving on their position and it is here that Clifford learns one of the harsh lessons that those during wartime must make. Jerry Grandenetti also returns to bring this story to life and while it is a good tale, it is also quite sad as one has to feel bad for those that have to experience the effects of war first-hand. At the end of it all, a fantastic issue of Men of War that offers readers a menagerie of action and drama making for a truly great read.
4 out of 5