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Skipping ahead a little to keep within the page count rule. Fortunately there's some gratuitiousness to the battle scenes, since people bought these comics to see Enemy Ace tear shit up. The art is gorgeous, but you can still get the idea after a trim. And c'mon, do you really expect them to win? It'd be like a Star Trek episode where the redshirts handle an intruder and all Captain Kirk has to do is pin a medal on them.

Von Hammer and the Hunter have another encounter in which the Enemy Ace is wounded. He recuperates.

The days before texting...

If you think this is silly, wait until Von Hammer takes on Saint George.

So, what's it going to be, gang? Unbearable truth or puppies?

(I'm not kidding about the puppies, just so you know.)

Date: 2009-09-21 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kusonaga.insanejournal.com
I love that there was a time that the comic-reading masses not only accepted a German fighter pilot in WWI as the hero of their stories, but that it actually became popular as well.

That's not a comment on quality, by the way, but more so on the concept. In 1965, WWII has still relatively fresh in people's minds. Heck, it's 2009 and we're still talking about it.

P.S. Don't get me wrong, I love Enemy Ace. Great character.

Date: 2009-09-21 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr_hermes.insanejournal.com
I've always wondered if the Comics Code (still pretty vigilant at that point) ever gave DC any static about ENEMY ACE. As a German in the war, he was technically the bad guy from the American point of view, and the Code did not allow the villains to triumph or go unpunished. I suspect this might be a reason for Von Hammer admiring his foes and being so unhappy... It's great melodrama of course, but it also shows him not as a triumphant winner.

Date: 2009-09-22 07:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
It could also be why this is set in WW1, rather than WW2. The first World War was far more morally ambiguous than the second - it was a result of the labyrinthine military and political tactics of several centuries finally coming to a head, and while the Germans were the enemy, the impression I always got was that the majority of them didn't really have the slightest idea why they were actually fighting - the generals said 'fight', so they fought. A WW1 flying ace is far more convincing as an honorable foe than a man working for the Nazis.

Date: 2009-09-23 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] volksjager.insanejournal.com
There is a very good mini series called "War in Heaven" where Von Hammer gets talked into talked into flying for Germany in WW2. He grows to dislike the Nazi's and even bailouts over a concentration camp to find out what is really going on. VonHammer even upgrades to flying an Me262 by wars end.

Date: 2009-09-23 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Yeah, I've heard of that one. I haven't actually read much of Enemy Ace, but what I have read has been pretty uniformly good. He's not a character who encourages mediocre storytelling.


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