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Issue by Issue – Capt. Storm #13

Writer – Robert Kanigher, Hank Chapman
Artist – Joe Kubert, Gene Colan

Yankee Banzai opens the book by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert and it is somewhat of a strange tale for though it is written by Robert Kanigher, it almost feels as though it were not. Within, readers will find Kanigher once again reminding his audience of Storm’s origins, of the Japanese sub that sank his first boat and of how he got his wooden leg and re-entered the service not soon after. It is a little abbreviated but for the most part, is present and cuts to the present where it finds the Captain out searching for that enemy sub. As it is, bad luck always seems to find Storm in some form or other and he finds himself under attack while making repairs to the boat. As the Fates would have it, he and his crew are saved by a couple of soldiers on the beach, their dog and a bazooka and this as readers would find out, would be the first meeting between Storm, Sarge Clay, Gunner MacKay and Pooch – all future members of the team called The Losers. Obviously, The Losers do not factor into this book but seeing these four team-up would make for a fun time as Storm would follow the two men all over the island while they took it to the enemy. While part of the story seemed a little strange, the rest was quite excellent and it was good to see those who would play prominently into Storm’s future take part in this book. An additional tale by Hank Chapman who is joined by Gene Colan finds a Nazi commander who thinks that he can be victorious in every encounter and he means to prove it to the Japanese on the Imperial Dreadnought he finds himself upon. As the story moves along, he is not wrong and he goes from one victory to the next but as readers soon notice, he did not actually kill all of those upon his first target, nor did that PT boat actually sink. So it is that his mistake comes back to bite him from behind and while he might have been a good commander, there was at least one scenario he never imagined nor was he able to fight his way out of and after that, he would never do anything ever again. Chapman and Colan provide a solid ending to the book and the story is quickly paced and filled with action with Colan providing some very good pencils. Two good stories for the price of one is a win in everyone’s book.

3.5 out of 5

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