Issue by Issue – Capt. Storm #8

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

Capt. Storm has been in hot water plenty of times and it seems like this might be the moment where he does not win the day and yet, he has come out of many a scrape by the skin of his teeth and it is no different here. It all comes about when Storm is given a mission where he must put up a screen in order to hide a task force from the enemy. He knows it will be hard, his crew knows it will be tough and yet they take the mission as they do all that is assigned to them and it is exactly as they thought. PT 47 faces the enemy from many sides and all seems lost when they enter a minefield, their torpedos useless. As always though, Storm has a plan which involves a fair share of cunning and courage on the crew’s part and so it is that Robert Kanigher and Irv Novick present perhaps the most daring mission yet to ever face the Captain as he is washed overboard during the fireworks and it is then that Storm must overcome the odds and do it by himself. As the story progresses, that means standing up to the captain of an enemy sub, facing off an officer intent on his own death in order to preserve his honour and then trying to take that same submarine out before he meets his death. The action is intense and Storm who believes he is going to meet his end gives his all and the creators of this book make it a memorable read. Additionally, there is a second story once again written by Hank Chapman, this time illustrated by Jack Abel and it finds a man in command of a company who has so far failed to see any action. Throughout the course of the Second World War, all Captain Croft wanted was to serve his country and be on the frontlines but no matter where he and his men were called or stationed, they always ended up sitting things out or delegated to some sort of clean-up duty – still important but not exactly what he signed up for. With the war over, Croft thought he would never see the day where he could make a difference and so with the Korean War now upon them, this might be his last chance. With all of the stories that Chapman has told thus far, this might be his best one yet as it features a man the reader can get behind and root for, not to mention a lot of action to keep things moving along. A great read from cover to cover and the best issue of the series yet.

4.5 out of 5

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