Issue by Issue – The Gunhawks #3

Writer – Gary Friedrich, Stan Lee
Artist – Dick Ayers
Inker – Jack Abel
Letters – Denise Vladimer

The third issue of The Gunhawks finds Gary Friedrich presenting another tale full of tragedy, drama and action as Reno Jones and Kid Cassidy continue their quest to find the woman named Rachel. The information they currently have leads them to a band of Native Americans and yet, before they arrive at their destination, they are waylaid by a group of soldiers who just so happen to be heading to the very same place. By the same token, they are also looking to cause a little bit of trouble along the way and Reno and Cassidy happen to be on the receiving end. Eventually, as is discovered that the soldiers intend to massacre everyone in the tribe whether it be man or woman or child, the two brothers know that they cannot let that happen and so Reno makes a break for it to warn them, but it comes too late and said massacre becomes a reality. Joining this book with Friedrich is Dick Ayers whose artwork is both fantastic and perhaps too good as he makes those pages where the soldiers become butchers more than heartbreaking. He does not necessarily spell it all out on the page, but he infers what is happening and it is nearly just as bad as seeing it firsthand. Cassidy for his part, is shattered by what has happened and Reno is no better and because of the warning that he gave the Indians, he is taken off so that he might stand trial for treason. When all is said and done, Cassidy is left behind, slightly broken and it is there that he makes a startling discovery. The story was a good one, powerfully sad with just enough action to keep it moving along and thus, quite memorable when all was said and done with a cliff-hanger to keep readers coming back. In a second tale by the one and only Stan Lee, it sees a man on a job interview at a bank when a group of outlaws come in looking to rob the place. Suffice it to say, while the bad guys think they are going to have it easy, the tables are turned on them and when it is over, the man reveals why he was applying to the bank in the first place with a bit of humour to keep it all nice and light. Two very different stories are presented within this book with the second acting as a bit of relief due to the tragic nature of the first and yet in the end, both being really quite good making for an excellent issue through and through.

4 out of 5

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