by R.C. Samo
Take one part Captain America, two parts Howard Stark (he doesn’t have Tony’s ego), the dreaded Bermuda Triangle, and resurfacing 69 years after he disappeared and you have Jim Albright, AKA Captain Midnight! Dark Horse Comics’ venture into the super hero genre.
Joshua Williamson’s World War II/Cold War throwback finds Captain Midnight in July, 1942 taking down a Nazi base in the North Pole and watching a Nazi general be devoured by a polar bear. In his disappointment at the loss of a potential informant, Midnight confesses, “This isn’t what I wanted dammit. It wasn’t only about justice. ivan knew some of Hitler’s key plans, but I wasn’t going to risk my life for a criminal like him.”
Leaping forward to the Secret Squardon H.Q., an elderly woman confesses to her granddaughter, Charlotte Jean Ryan that Captain Midnight has traveled through time and she is needed to find the war hero. Naturally, Ryan does not believe her grandmother, but like a good soldier accepts the mission. Now with the US Government trying to keep him a secret and the the Fury Shark who still alive (and hasn’t aged a day herself), Captain Midnight must gain back 69 years of lost time, as hefaces rogue American soldier, with glowing green heads that are working for Shark.
Fernando Dagnino’s art is enhanced by colorist Ego. The combination of the two along with Williamson’s pen to paper, tell a beautiful story of espionage, cover-ups and leaves you with a classic comic cliffhanger.
Captain Midnight is a fun read and it will be nice to see how this story plays out.