Issue: Lance Star: Sky Ranger – One Shot!
Release Date: August 2010
Writer: Bobby Nash
Art, Letters, & Colors: James Burns
Publisher: Ben Books
World War II fighter pilots! I went into this with no connection to the Lance Star series because I wanted to see if it was truly a one-shot which required no former knowledge. I will admit that it took some time to get into the mindset of the world presented, but eventually I got there. His country needs him and who is Star to turn down a country in need, right?
The Nazis are initiating dangerous weapons tests and Star’s sworn enemy, Lord Baron Otto Von Blood, is overseeing the endeavor. From what I gather, Von Blood killed Star’s best friend Skip and vengeance is on his mind. A worthy cause indeed, if he doesn’t get killed first. I get the feeling that this guy is one that tends to take a dangerous situation and laugh in its face, but maybe that’s just typical of every comic hero.
Lost a plane? He can still complete his task! So, in typical heroic fashion, Star goes undercover at the Nazi facility to take down the enemy, and perhaps the ruthless Von Blood as well. He has him in his sights, but given the choice between completing his mission and getting his revenge, Star must choose the path that’s right.
The artwork is very reminiscent of the pulp comics that we all know. Stark lines and shading set the tone for the universe the comic is set in. The storyline is good for those who are already fans of the universe, but might leave new fans wondering about the back-story. All in all, a solid effort from Nash and Burns.
Rating: 3 / 5 stars