One and Done – G.I. Combat featuring The Haunted Tank #1

Matthew Sturges – Writer
Phil Winslade – Artist
Lovern Kindzierski – Colours
Rob Leigh – Letters

The book begins in Verdun, France in the year 1944 for an opening montage that would re-introduce readers to The Haunted Tank and its crew which includes Jeb Stuart among them. The tank itself is haunted by J.E.B. Stuart, Confederate Civil War General and while he might be a ghost, he is a friendly one who often helps out the man who seems to be his namesake, leading him to many successful missions. Such is the case in this instance as the ghost of Stuart tells Jeb to take the low road while his partners in the other tank take the high and together, they make short work of the Germans they encounter. The book then moves into Belgium where Jeb and company are on patrol, their M3 deemed ineffective against the German Armoured Infantry and they soon come upon a grounded tank belonging to Lieutenant Sherman, the man they partnered with a few months back in France. Billy and his team are dead and it is a sad state of affairs that Jeb and his crew have no time to grieve over as they find themselves under attack. With a little help from the General, a few words and a lesson on the dead and more than a little gumption from Jeb, he realizes that Billy had a plan when he was still among the living and Jeb means to see it through. The action during this Belgium sequence in the book is incredible and artist Phil Winslade does a great job at not only realizing the horrors of war upon the page but in making it all as exciting as possible too. So it is that Jeb manages to reach the downed tank and use its weaponry which still functions to take out the Germans who attacked them and then in conjunction with the men still in the M3, take out the armoured monsters rolling in who thought to finish the job started by their brethren. As the book leaves off, it is seen that General Stuart himself had a little help from General Sherman, a fun little reveal that gives the book a note of lightheartedness amongst the darker nature of what had just taken place. Matthew Sturges writes a great story, the man capturing both the feel of the original stories and understanding how to write a very captivating tale set during the Second World War. With action and drama, loss and victory, the book has everything one could want from a war book and a creative team at the top of their game.

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