Half Past Danger 2, issue 2, is published by IDW and is created, as well as written, by Stephen Mooney, who also happens to be the comic interior and cover illustrator as well. WOW!!!
To the books credit, its main cover, along with its alternate cover, does a great job of catching a browsing comic buyers attention. Mooney’s work is a great mix of a rich illustrative style, with the just the right hint of mystery, and beauty in the form of the books sultry and complicated heroine, Elizabeth Huntington-Moss.
Having picking up Half Past Danger 2 at my local comic shop, Coliseum of Comics in Kissimmee, Florida, over literally dozens of other independent titles that can sometimes become all to indistinguishable from all the others, I pulled it out of my new pile first and once I started, I couldn’t put it down. What a fun read!
The mix and feel of the W.W. II period, in a very compelling set of circumstances, along with a strong set of main characters, drawn in Mooney’s eye catching style, made for one hell of a story, that I luckily came late to! I am now on the hunt for the first Half Past Danger adventure series I didn’t even know I had missed.
One of the most interesting aspects of Stephen Mooney and IDW‘s, ‘Half Past Danger‘ series, is the always enjoyable visual intrigue of the 1940’s, as the world was on fire, with the forces of good and evil battling for nothing less than the very control of the world and civilization.
The entire mood and setting of the story is as romantic as it is historic in its detail oriented depiction of planes, clothes, and weapons of the time period. Not every artist can catch the flare and pizazz of the way the cloths hung, and the hats were worn in the 40’s and second world war. But Mooney’s style seems to have no problem catching it, and making it come alive!
Mooney also has an alluring way of drawing the female form in the mysterious black widow-like female lead, Ms. Moss; who is as dangerous as she is beautiful. Seeing her in action, or just smoking a cigarette in that Lauren Bacall way, never gets old, and she handles the action just as good if not better than any of the men. Even the hunky, strong, and silent type, embodied by US Army special Operative Captain Noble, is fun to look at. And Noble is a great name for a strong supporting male character, accompanied by the clever and daring Sgt. Flynn, who looks curiously like Stephen Mooney himself, and all in a Gal Gadot/Wonder Woman-ish turning of the stereotypical gender roles kind of way. I loved it!
There is just no way around it. If you like good comic art, with a fun story, which is set in the 40’s, to a fun as hell adventure; with dinosaurs, then Half Past Danger 1 and 2 are worthwhile for you to pick up! So Say We All!