Williamson, Joshua, Victor Ibáñez, and Pere Pérez. “Captain Midnight, #0.” Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013.
Captain Midnight, the alias of James Albright, a decorated hero in America’s fight against the Nazi menace, disappeared in 1944 under mysterious circumstances. No one knew of his fate. Many years later, there is a radar blip on the screens of the USS Ronald Reagan as it patrols stormy waters near the Bermuda Triangle. The pilot sent out to investigate very nearly collides with a Douglas SBD, a plane not in use since WWII. The Navy pilot immediately recognizes Captain Midnight upon landing but is unable to warn the MPs in time and a deadly confrontation is only narrowly avoided on the flight deck. Authorities are hesitant to believe his unlikely story while the secret scion of the Nazi party that intercepts their communications are far more interested in hearing what Midnight has to say. Before either side can take action, the time shifted warrior makes good his escape in a modern fighter jet. American authorities visit Joyce Ryan, one of Midnight’s wartime companions in the Secret Squadron that saved London from a clandestine invasion by the Wehrmacht. She was there in the stormy seas as Midnight disappeared. A Nazi U-boat had landed fighters on the decks and they were trying to steal top secret technology. Midnight was not the only fighter taken through time that fateful night.
Conventional in many ways, this tale of a WWII superhero brings to light new tropes by including seldom-acknowledged women in the fighting, believable love entanglements, and some of the more dastardly Nazi schemes to get an edge on the Allies. Though inaccurate in some ways (the USS Ronald Reagan is stationed in the Pacific rather than the Atlantic), the hyper-realism strikes the modern reader in the same way the original Captain America stories hit the comics fans of the 1940s. If you are a fan of this kind of story, Captain Midnight is not to be missed.