If you dig Indiana Jones buckle up, because the greatest Irish protagonist living an Indiana Jones lifestyle is back in this follow-up series to Half Past Danger. Not familiar with Half Past Danger? Just know it involves Nazis weaponizing dinosaurs and art to match its high concept ideas!
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Nobody talks about how many dinosaurs died in WWII. But three months after Sergeant Tommy Irish Flynn and Captain John Noble wiped them out while foiling a Nazi plan, the boys are back, hot on the trail of some Dino DNA stolen by their former ally, Agent Elizabeth Huntington-Moss! The Nazis must be stopped before they can unleash their doomsday weapon!
Why does this matter?
Written, drawn and created by Stephen Mooney, this series is the brainchild of one man who knows how flipping awesome the World War II era can be for storytelling. The story also has a Captain America type hero and the lead is incredibly relatable as an Irish soldier who plays the part of the everyman well.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Jeez, I hope he doesn’t fall too far!
This series opens with Tommy getting his ass handed to him by Nazis at what looks like Neuschwanstein castle. Tommy is quite good at getting his butt kicked and Mooney reminds us taking a few licks doesn’t ruin his mood. That is, until murdering him is in the cards. Add his compatriot with super soldier abilities and you have yourself a rollickingly good action fest to open the series. This action sequence takes up a little over half the book and delivers big time on Mooney’s ability to choreograph fight sequences. It also quickly informs the reader on the kind of friendship the two lead heroes have as well as cue us in on the leather-clad heroine.
Cut to Vermont, a location I did not expect to see in a book about fighting Nazis. Mooney utilizes the rest of the book to display the romantic angle for Tommy and John. It’s also a nice sequence for history buffs as Mooney captures the time and place well via the clothing worn. There’s also some colorful character work to be had in these scenes.
He takes a licking.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Save for a brief two pages this issue doesn’t deliver much detail in regards to the villains and their plotting. The opening action sequences will satiate lovers of punching Nazis, but it’s rather surprising the villains don’t get much say in regards to the plot. It’s still very unclear where the story is going from here, though given Mooney’s proclivity for plot twists and double crosses maybe that’s very much on purpose. That said, aside from setting up the characters this first issue doesn’t sell you on the impending adventure quite yet.
Is It Good?
Save for a lack of plot development, this issue will win you over with its good character writing and strong action. Half Past Danger was a good series in its own right, but given how good the art and characters are here, its sequel may just top it!