Issue by Issue – Capt. Storm #11

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

Capt. Storm has had to deal with a lot of things during his tenure as a captain in the Navy, whether it be death or dismemberment, disrespect, Nazis, the Japanese and even low morale, felt by both him and his crew at various times. It is that which he must now battle once again as after a successful mission, he heads back to the ward at the hospital where those who end up losing a limb turn out to be – including himself at one point, to cheer on the men and do what he can do to get them back in the field. It is not quite what he expected as he meets perhaps his biggest challenge yet in the form of one young man whose morale is so low, it has permeated every corner of the ward so that none of the men who temporarily call it home wish to even continue with their physical therapy. It is a tragedy and it even starts to affect Nurse Lea, girlfriend of Capt. Storm as all she wants to do is help and now finds that doing is all but impossible. Robert Kanigher once again writes a tale unlike any other in the series and it definitely pushes his protagonist to his limits. Storm does manage to find a way to win this fight though as the young man is ordered aboard PT 47 while it does a maintenance run among other things and as the soldier scoffs and rebukes Storm about everything, they manage to find some real action and he gets to see Storm in action along with the ship firsthand. As the story comes to a close with the incredible pencils of Irv Novick at hand, the young man is rejuvenated and as such, so is Storm who lives to fight another day. Closing out the book is another backup from Hank Chapman and Jack Abel and it is the duo’s weakest effort to make an appearance in this title which is a bit of a shame. It is not a terrible story but it lacks the excitement and the punch of their earlier efforts. Their story concerns a Japanese officer who has learned the ways of the West and means to use them against the American soldiers and up to a point, the man is successful. There comes a moment though when his overconfidence gets the better of him and no matter how much the man thinks of himself as smarter than his American prisoner, he finds that in the end, it simply does not matter. This was a good issue overall but not as strong as previous ones.

3.5 out of 5

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