Operation: Broken Wings, 1936 #1 of 3
Written by Herik Hanna
Art by Trevor Hairsine
I’ll admit; I have a little more than a fascination with WWII for a few different reasons. When this book was given to me, I was really interested in reading it. The story follows Major Hans Shoeffer going about his normal business in the early stages of the Second World War. Conducting his standard routine of gathering information, filing reports, listening to the propaganda and seeing people being taken away; never be seen again. But he has other plans and other sides to join. Oh yeah, he gets a visit from the Gestapo who’s checking on the murder of a former member of his team. This is a time that I like to study but do not want to have any part of physically.
Going through this book, it was almost a window back to 1936. You see the art is done in a style that has good detail but is in the manner that you feel the grittiness of the time, it could almost tell the story on it’s own. The paneling was simple and worked but there was a few areas that I thought something different could have had the story flow better. The writing was very well done, a lot of what is going on is Hans’ commentary on the situation but it makes sense for what he’s telling the audience of what’s happening.
I started reading this and couldn’t put it down. I wanted to see where he was going, whether he was going to get caught in a trap to kill him or the verbal trap set by the Gestapo agent or something else. There is true intrigue and mystery in this book that pulls you in and leads you to where it wants you to go. I want to see what happens in the next issue. In my humble opinion, get this book and be drawn into a time that’s part of our history. I give this 4.5 caps out of 5.