Writer: Frank Pepper & Ken Mennell
Artist: Eric Bradbury & Alfonso Font
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing
Black Max, the villainous German Ace prowling the skies over the western front is unleashing his greatest secret to bring terror to the British pilots as he seeks his revenge. When Lieutenant Tom Wilson encounters Black Max’s massive, monster bat, he barely survives. Black Max learns that the British Lieutenant survived his crash, and now the Black Baron must silence the courageous pilot before he shares the secret with anyone else.
Black Max is a collection of the serialized story from Thunder (later Lion & Thunder) Magazine from 1970 to 1974.
The pulp fiction tale of aerial combat, gunfights, and monsters is a fun throwback adventure with gritty, dark art filling every page. Eric Bradbury and Alfonso Font’s art is wonderfully detailed and pays particular attention to the airplanes and weapons of World War I. The action sequences sometimes seem to lose their focus, but it seems to work in the grand scheme of the story.
Frank Pepper was the original writer of the stories, but the comics were written by Ken Mennell throughout the entire run of the comics, giving them a life beyond the original stories. The writing still shines despite some aspects that seem campy by modern standards but were the norm at the time of the writing.
Experiencing the return of Black Max in this collected volume of stories is a must for anyone who truly enjoys comics as art and as fiction. I give this comic four out of five stars.
You can find more on this comic at Rebellion Publishing.
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