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Showcase Presents: Enemy Ace (Showcase Presents)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume! These powerful storiesof World War I come from behind enemy lines, where German fighter pilot Hans Von Hammerthe legendary Enemy Acecarries out one deadly mission after another.With blazing guns and a heavy heart, Hammer faces his flying foes to protect his homelandwhile the young pilots under h ...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published February 13th 2008 by DC Comics
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I'd give this one five stars, based on the great artwork by Joe Kubert, Howard Chayking, and John Severin, but there's just one slight problem -- there is, in fact, only one Enemy Ace story, and Bob Kanigher just told it over and over again.

German WWI aviator Baron von Hammer takes his triplane up into the killer skies, nearly gets himself killed, comes home, hears everybody call him a "human killing machine," hangs out in the forest with a wolf, the only "friend" who understands him, then goes
You can usually tell when most cartoonists and comic artists jump the shark. There's a wobble in the pen, and a lack of proportion that probably comes from rushing the drawing. Veteran Joe Kubert (Tarzan, Tor, Sgt. Rock, Hawkman) is one of those rare birds that only gets better with age. His draftsmanship is extraordinary, and his command of spatial forms is unequalled, even today. Which brings us to Enemy Ace, the war (or should I say anti -war) stories created by Kubert and the late Bob Kanig ...more
One of DC's greatest war comics, follows the adventures of bitter, conflicted world one one german flying ace Hans Von Hammer.

The art is wonderful, losing nothing by being reprinted in black and white, the stories can be a bit same-ish, but fort the most part combine big ariel battle scenes with quieter contemplations on war and its impact on people.

I always loved that one of Dc's most popular war heroes is from the 'bad guy' side of the war.

Joe Kubert's art is amazing and really carries this book because the writing can be repetitive. An interesting perspective on war not only because it is from the vantage point of the other side but because it examines a man who is a good soldier and an honorable man who seems tormented by his killing acumen but continues out of sense of duty.
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One of the most prolific writers in comics, particularly in the Silver Age. He took over scripting duties on Wonder Woman after William Moulton Marston's death, and handled the character's transition from the Golden to the Silver Age. He also created Barry Allen, the second Flash, for editor Julius Schwartz's superhero revival of 1956, as well as writing and editing DC's pioneering war titles.
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