Issue by Issue – Men of War #24

Writer – Jack C. Harris, Paul Kupperberg
Artist – Dick Ayers, Jerry Grandenetti
Inker – Romeo Tanghal, Jerry Grandenetti
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Ben Oda, Albert De Guzman

The issue begins in the thick of the action thanks to creators Jack C. Harris, Dick Ayers and Romeo Tanghal and it sees Ulysses Hazard and his driver on the run from the military police. As it turns out, the Undersecretary has sent for him as he is needed for a mission and while his immediate thought is one of disdain and how much of a waste of time it will be, he soon learns that it will involve presidential protection meaning Hazard will be helping to safeguard Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Things are not quite what they seem though as some of the Secret Service agents used to protect the President have been replaced by Nazis and it comes to light when Hazard notices at a later time that day that some of those men are not those he had met earlier. As it stands, FDR is meeting with Churchill for an exchange of information and if the Nazis find it worth the risk to infiltrate this supposedly secret meeting, Hazard knows that it will require more than duty to keep the two leaders safe. In a second tale starring Rosa the master spy, it sees the man protecting a young prince from being killed and to take the child’s mind off of the very real threat of death, he relates his origin tale. Written by Paul Kupperberg and drawn by the very talented Jerry Grandenetti, Rosa begins where all tales begin which is at the very beginning from when he was just a little boy himself. It is a sad tale, though not one without a bit of action as his parents are killed in an uprising and he is left to fend for himself over the years. Eventually he is drafted into service; though he does not go willingly and it is there that Kupperberg leaves things off, a cliff-hanger as well as any. The first story is by far the more exciting of the two and one of the best that Hazard has been in of late, packed with action and suspense and leaving readers wanting more. The second is almost as good, though in a far different manner as it takes place mainly in the past, which is not a bad thing for learning of a hero’s origins is always a story that makes for compelling reading. Altogether a solid book that two dozen issues in, continues to make for some of the best stories to see print from DC to ever see print.

4 out of 5

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