From Image Comics and the creative team of Kel Symons (writer) and Mathew Reynolds (Artist & colors), The Mercenery Sea has just released its 7th issue and all I can say is full steam ahead because this is a fun and smartly written book that’s got a great illustrative style, which really stays true to the look and feel of 1940 war machines, vehicles and weapons.
In this issue we see The Venture’s Captain, Jack Harper, seemingly one step closer to finding the location of the legendary island, Koji Ra. This title in general seems to have a little bit of everything with respect to high adventure, mercenaries, a retro fitted German U-boat, World War II action in the South Pacific and an illustrative flare that lends itself to the time period.
Captain Harper sneaks into a Japanese controlled city in order to get important information from a shadowy black market merchant and must then fight his way out of the city by stealing a car and racing away from a Japanese tank and soldiers. There was even a torpedo attack on the Venture by a Japanese torpedo bomber and I simply loved every panel of the book.
As a fan of war books growing up such as Sgt. Rock, the Haunted Tank, Unknown Soldier and others, The Mercenary Sea reminds me of some of the best war books as illustrated by the legendary Russ Heath as it has an assuring attention to detail, and great pencils, albeit in a very stylized manner that relies successfully on an interesting and fun negative use of color and space.
Go out and pick up this book folks as there really aren’t many action/adventure comics out there that take us back to this amazing time and place in history, that is part pirate/scoundrel and war story. Captain Jack and the creators of The Mercenary Sea are taking the reader on a search for an exciting and mythic lost land, which I am certain holds tons of great exploring and action yet still in store for us!
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County and also has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine and you can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com. You can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to [email protected].