Half Past Danger
by Stephen Mooney
Review by Gayle Surrette
IDW Publishing Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781613778494
Date: 11 February 2014 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
In the South Pacific, in 1943, Staff Sergeant Thomas Michael Flynn was the only survivor of his squad. They'd been mapping islands looking for Japanese incursions and spotted a fairly large German encampment with a great deal of heavy armor and artillery. They were backing out when they were attacked by what appeared to be dinosaurs (raptors and T. Rexs to most readers). The trouble began when Flynn reported back to headquarters -- no one believed him.
Some time passes and Flynn is contacted by Captain John Noble (US Army) and Agent Huntington-Moss (British Intelligence). They want Flynn to tell them about his experience and to come with them to check out the island. To say Flynn is reluctant would be a huge understatement. The US government steps in and Flynn doesn't really have the option to refuse. So, he's part of the team whether he wants to be or not. The fourth member of the team is a Ishikawa Minamoto who appears to be the everything you'd expect of a ninja/medical combination.
The artwork is well done and helps to keep readers in the WWII era with clothing, background, and setting. The main characters are identifiable when they appear in the frame. The art adds to the story and helps to move it forward while helping to maintain the atmosphere of the times.
I found the story line to be a weird combination of Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and Captain America. There's betrayals, plot twists, human experimentation, genetic tinkering, and world domination -- but only for the 'right' people.
Lot of fun and excitement with dinosaurs -- who could ask for more?