Issue by Issue – Men of War #25

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

Having discovered Nazi assassins on the grounds where Franklin Delano Roosevelt is meeting with Winston Churchill in what was supposed to be a secret meeting; Ulysses Hazard knows that he has to stop them. While the Undersecretary blusters around, Hazard is springing into action, trying to break into the house where said meeting is taking place. Surprisingly to all, including Ulysses and the rest of the Secret Service, the place is empty, but Hazard comes upon a part of the floor which is different than the rest and the lot of them soon come to discover some secret tunnels underneath the dwelling. Written by Jack C. Harris and drawn by Dick Ayers, the book reads a mile-a-minute as the action is fast and the suspense palpable. It all comes down to one scene where Hazard must risk his life in order to keep the heads of state alive and what is not a surprise in the least is that the man succeeds with a very thankful President. In the second part of the book, the concluding chapter to Rosa’s origin takes place and it sees the man drafted into the army, fighting a war that is not his and one he has no wish to be a part of. Escaping when the opportunity presents itself, he soon joins a travelling circus and it is there that he finally finds happiness. What Paul Kupperberg who writes this story does next is not necessarily very nice and a little cruel and that is to take that sense of joy and complacency away as Rosa comes face to face with the man who murdered his parents and happiness or not, he means to take the revenge so long denied him. What is quite interesting about Kupperberg’s story is that when it is all said and done, Rosa jokes to the little prince that he is currently protecting that it is nothing but a lie, but readers are left wondering if it was indeed just a fancy story or something more, if there was not some truth in it and giving those who have followed Rosa’s exploits, a little peek behind the curtain. Jerry Grandenetti illustrates the story with his usual aplomb, but as good as Rosa’s adventures are, they pale in comparison to the lead tale which had everything that one could want in a great espionage story. With FDR entrusting Hazard with a very important mission, it remains to be said just where it might lead, but if it is anything as good as the one in this book, it will make for great reading.

4 out of 5

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