Issue by Issue – Combat Kelly and His Deadly Dozen #6

Writer – Gary Friedrich
Artist – Dick Ayers
Inker – Vince Colletta
Letters – Charlotte Jetter

The book opens in the thick of the action as Kelly and a few of his men are beset by German artillery, but risking it all in order to bust through the line in order to achieve a strategic foothold against the enemy. Gary Friedrich and Dick Ayers put forth another tale to thrill readers of all ages set during the Second World War and just like many of the previous books, it finds the heroes under fire. While it begins in high fashion, Kelly thinks back to how it all started which was not long ago during a USO dance, one in which he almost had an intimate moment with fellow Deadly Dozen member Laurie. It is something that avid readers had to know was coming from the start as the two always seemed to be at odds, but alas, it does not happen and a mission is presented to Kelly and due to recent losses, a new member in Mad Dog Martin – a disgraced pilot in need of a second chance. Friedrich introduces a bit of tension into the book with this new character and it all ties into the current events that finds Kelly and his men pinned down, waiting for Martin to show up in a B-17 to save their collective hides. Ayers draws it all exceptionally well, making that tension and the suspense of the proceedings come to life on the page and whether it is infighting with the men or beating back the Nazis, all of it makes for great read. Eventually as events unfold, it is shown that Mad Dog was not turning tail again as he was once convicted of, but under attack and despite the plane taking on heavy damage, the man does what is needed and goes outside the scope of his mission to help deliver the victory that Kelly and the men so desperately needed. When all is said and done, Mad Dog Martin becomes a true member of the Deadly Dozen, one Kelly and his teammates are happy to have and which should make further tales in the series a lot of fun going forward. A great book from start to finish.

4 out of 5

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  1. I always thought Marvel’s war comics were a bit more “light hearted” than DC’s, concentrating on character and adventure.
    Combat Kelly had a different feel than Sgt. Fury, but was definitely more related to Fury than it was to Rock or Star Spangled over at DC.

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