Issue by Issue – Capt. Storm #2

Writer – Robert Kanigher, Hank Chapman
Artist – Irv Novick, Jack Abel

Robert Kanigher and Irv Novick return to take the helm in Capt. Storm’s second issue and finds the man getting a little rest and relaxation before heading back out on assignment. With his girlfriend Lea at his side, Storm has his fortune told by an old man on the sands of the beach and while he does not necessarily believe it, it sticks with him as he heads back out on the ocean with his crew. It is not long after that he and his men find themselves in trouble from a Japanese sub and while he hopes it is the one that cost him his first ship so that he might gain a little revenge, it matters little as he plans to survive the day, do his duty and take that sub down. The action is spectacular as Irv Novick pits the wooden PT boat up against not only the Japanese submarine but a Japanese plane as well whose pilot means to sacrifice his life in order to take away those belonging to the Americans. All the while this goes on, that prophecy Storm had been given earlier plays out in real-time as he does rescue a princess and does battle fire with wood. Kanigher writes an exciting tale filled with not only action but a bit of drama and a good dose of suspense as well making this a perfect follow-up to Storm’s first outing from the last issue. Also in this book is a secondary story about a man who is essentially a klutz and one who thought joining the army might drill a little bit of direction into him. Be that as it may, he is not having any luck as of yet and when he almost gets his best friend killed, he knows that he needs to do better. With Christmas just around the corner, he decides to set up a Christmas tree in order to brighten the moods of his fellow soldiers. While doing so, he is attacked by the Koreans who mean to make an example of him and his tree, to lure in his comrades in order to kill them all but as it turns out, that was all he needed to put a little fire in his step and the enemy as it turns out, does not end up as the winners in this conflict. Altogether, these were a fantastic couple of stories that did what they set out to do, entertain and they did so to the fullest.

4 out of 5

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