One and Done – Star-Spangled War Stories feat. Mademoiselle Marie #1

Billy Tucci – Writer
Justiniano, Tom Derenick – Artists
Andrew Mangum – Inker
Tom Chu – Colours
Sal Cipriano – Letters

French resistance fighter Mademoiselle Marie gets dusted off for an action-packed tale by Billy Tucci, Justiniano and Tom Derenick in a tale that finds her doing just that. Looking to secure some explosives to blow up the railroads thanks to a million swiss francs, Marie has met up with a group of fighters who have dreams of their own, namely to set up a patch of land with over a thousand machine guns and rifles to launch the liberation of France. Suffice it to say, Marie will have none of it as she is in charge of this mission and the original plan is the plan no matter what she has to do to ensure its success. Such as it is, they carry it out and readers know that things are eventually going to turn bad as a traitor is found in their midst, one of the Milice française who is then promptly killed but where there is one traitor, there is possibly more and after doing a little celebrating, it proves to be true. Another one of their own named Ludivine has actually been working with the Germans to stop this purchase of explosives and so Marie and the men find themselves under attack and despite Marie’s best efforts, the goods get destroyed and the rest of her team killed. The story ends with Marie exacting a little vengeance of her own on Ludivine and the Germans and looking forward to her next mission. Altogether, the story was serviceable and fairly enjoyable but it would never excite or stick with the reader as much as the other war title one-shots released by DC during the same time frame. Marie is a great character, one with a lot of history and it was good to see her again, yet it would have been far better if the tale had a little more to it to really push it over the top, whether it was making it a character piece or a true action epic, one that was truly worthy of Marie’s return to the four-coloured world of comics. Tucci has the chops to write a good tale and the artwork by Derenick and Justiniano was good and together they told a story that would engage readers from start to finish but it could have been so much more and would have been preferable instead of the generic offering given in this particular book.

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