When I go to my favorite comic shop and get my books for the week I usually go to the “This Week In Comics” shelf and see what may catch my eye. This week it was Half Past Danger by Stephen Mooney. The cover art popped out to me. Looking like a poster for a Indian Jones movie this had me interested to see what was going on in the book. I was happily surprised that I like what I read and saw. I was over whelmed by the story or art but I did like the book. The book was created, written and drawn by Stephen Mooney and does have the feel of the old action adventure movies. Trying to capture the feel of the original Indian Jones movies, not so much the Crystal Skull one.
The story takes place in 1943 and follows our lead, staff sergeant Tommy “Irish” Flynn. The first part of the book we see Flynn and his platoon on a pacific island on patrol. First they come across Nazi’s that are not to there in the first place. The group decide that they should bypass the Nazi’s. Bypassing the Nazi’s, Flynn and his boys come across something totally not expected, dinosaurs. They of course run into the big daddy of dinosaurs the T-Rex. Before you know what happens old Rexy has eaten most of the platoon. Flynn escapes with a camera and we see him two months later in a bar in New York. From there we come to the spy part of the story but like any good action serial we get more action. We meet Agent Huntington-Moss of the British Intelligence, Captain John Noble and a operative from Japan in the second half as they try and convince Flynn to join them.
Stephen Mo0ney does capture the feel of the 1930 serial in the book. I do have a hard time feeling anything really for the main character but hopefully I will get a feel for him in later reads. The art style is different but interesting. A little to dark at times. Stephen captures the humor nice in a couple of panels that I did like. The story is fast and dialogue is easy and not heavy and that I like that. Stephen also does good handle on showing emotion on the faces of his charters. I do wonder how he plans to introduce the Japanese player into the story and make it some what believable. Overall I like the book and do plan on getting a few more issues before I decide to put in my pull box.
So I give this book 3 T-Rex out of 5.
Remember comics are to enjoyed, not destroyed.