JOE KUBERT PRESENTS #1 begins with a Hawkman tale written, drawn and colored by Kubert (who started drawing Hawkman over 60 years ago). And what a story it is! Kubert uses it as a spring-board for not only an action-packed tale of Hawkman and Shayera’s first voyage to Earth, but also for making a profound statement about humanity.
Next is Brian Buniak’s “Angel and the Ape,” an absurdly comic tale about private detectives Angel O’Day and Sam Simeon. This story takes all the classic elements of a classic hard-boiled film noir and turns it on its head … and then kicks it.
Reminiscent of Kubert’s starkly penciled black-and-white art and the overall tone of his graphic novels DONG XOAI, VIETNAM 1965 and YOSSEL, the anthology continues with Kubert’s next story, “Spit.” It follows the hard-knock life of its titular character, an unloved and lonely orphan, who finds his way onto a ship as a cabin boy. This is going to be one heck of an adventure!
And finally, we have Sam Glanzman’s triumphant return to the comic medium with “U.S.S. Stevens, I Remember.” A heart-wrenching and true remembrance of Glanzmen’s time served in WWII, this story is a harrowing look at the atrocities and inhumanity of war.