Reviewed by Dave Brzeski
Having read and enjoyed several of Bobby Nash’s prose stories, I thought it would be interesting to check out his writing for comics. Conveniently, I was offered a pdf review copy of his latest work in that medium, ‘Operation: Silver Moon’.
Given the title, it’s not going to surprise anyone that the story involves a werewolf. In this case Tom Lupus is a werewolf special agent, running missions for the US Army during World War Two. He’s dropped into the Carpathian Mountains of Romania to sort out a problem involving Nazis and an occult artifact. He meets a vampire—obviously, he’s in Romania—but despite centuries of hatred between werewolves and vampires, they discover they both hate Nazis more. You gotta love monsters with priorities.
The sharp-eyed will notice a couple of very subtle crossover references. I particularly like the one about, “that Jewish ark”. Fans of Bobby Nash’s prose fiction may also recognise the pilots who lead the air strike, but I have to admit I didn’t, until it was pointed out to me.
There’s a clear love for the comics of the 50s and 60s in Rick Johnson’s artwork. I liked the classic touches, like the floating heads to signify when Lupus, or his hairy alter-ego were conversing with each other in their minds. It was interesting to have a werewolf that, while still brutal, was capable of reasoned conversation. Monster special agents are not a new concept, by any means, but it’s still an entertaining idea, and I look forward to following Lupus’ adventures in future volumes.