Issue by Issue – Capt. Storm #17

Writer – Robert Kanigher, Hank Chapman
Aritst – Irv Novick, Win Mortimer

After fighting off an enemy sub, the crew of PT 47 find a man floating in the ocean and once pulled up upon the ship, they discover he no longer remains among the living. That being said, they stow him below decks until they can rightly send him off and yet, he speaks to Capt. Storm which is somewhat strange given the man is dead. The crew soon faces off against an enemy destroyer which they manage to defeat and as if like a beacon, Storm finds himself drawn below decks to see the dead man once more. It is there that he hears him speak again, hoping against hope that he can fire a shot, to take out an enemy so that his life would have had some sort of meaning and Storm, as good a captain as he is, has no idea how to make that happen. As it is, Storm continues to go and see the body, continues to hear the voice and finally, the PT boat finds itself in a pitched battle against two fighter jets and while one is defeated, the other is not and the crew is knocked out of commission. Suddenly, as if by magic or some otherworldly force, the man who was dead is now on deck, manning the guns while Storm watches and the enemy plane is given what it deserves. It is a surreal moment for Capt. Storm and the readers and yet it works perfectly and gives everyone concerned, a happy ending and for the dead man at least, a bit of meaning to a life lived in service to his country. This was a different type of story by Robert Kanigher and Irv Novick, one not seen in the book previously but one that was most welcome given how good it ended up being. In a final tale entitled Jump Into Viet Cong Hell by Hank Chapman and Win Mortimer, they continue the action seen in the first story to the jungles of Vietnam where a paratrooper is looking to deliver a mortar base plate to his troop but with bullets flying all around him, it makes it easier said than done. The creators of this little outing then let readers follow the man as he simply tries to survive the day while providing a solid bit of action and adventure. If one were looking for excitement, the seventeenth issue of Capt. Storm is a solid actioner and will not disappoint in the slightest.

4.5 out of 5

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