Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Kevin Given0
Review: Captain Midnight Secret Squadron #1
Another little gem that I found on Indyplanet. Here’s another take on what if WW2 never happened. In the forward we read that Lieutenant James “Red” Albright flew in the great war and was on a secret mission that led to the end of the war. But this led to consequences which saw that Hitler never rose to power. Japan never attacked Pearl Harbor. And World War 2 never happened. But the world is not at peace. A treacherous Warlord name Ivan Shark seeks total world domination and it’s up to Captain Midnight and the Secret Squadron to stop him.
Christopher Mills begins the action in the Costa Verde Jungle. Agents SQ-1 and SQ-3 are investigating. What they discover is ugly and they find themselves in the middle of a worship service to an ancient god that requires human sacrifice to work. Mills really captures the feel for the old-time pulps as our hero is fearless in the face of danger and includes the rescue of a damsel in distress. The tales are a bit different from the old Captain Midnight, but the feel is the same. He brings into a world not unlike Steven Spielberg and George Lucas brought us with Indiana Jones or Stephen Summers gave us with the first in Brendan Frasers Mummy franchise. It hearkens back to those golden days of yesteryear and fans of the original Captain Midnight should be pleased with these results and new readers should enjoy the action in this tale of a cult gone wrong. I really enjoyed this comic book, it’s great stuff.
Clark and Burchett help the pulp feel with their take on Captain Midnight. It’s unique and yet reminds you of Jack Binder’s original art, but with a modern sensibility. The splash where the good Captain rushes in to save the day is exceptionally well done. The air battle scenes are breath taking and remind you of World War 2 dog fight scenes.
I loved the throwback to yesterday but with a modern setting. It’s good to see old heroes come back for another tour of duty. Nick Fury no longer has his howling commandos and Sgt. Rock’s battle may be over, but Captain Midnight keeps the battle going on in defense of freedom. In true old-style comic book fashion there are several short stories as opposed to one long tale. An easy read that’s great fun. Available on Indyplanet.
Captain Midnight Secret Squadron #1
Writer – Christopher Mills
Art – Richard Clark, Rick Burchett
Letters – Christopher Mills
Cover – Richard Clark
Publication date – 2017
Publisher – Atomic Pulp Entertainment