Since it's a one issue adventure, we get a flashback to the operation where Fury is injured, Dugan's lack of confidence taking command, his Commando's psyching him up, training the rotten eggs and the final mission of capturing a German detachment for interrogation in just 21 pages. Pick up any modern comic and see if half that much happens...a quick and entertaining read, I'm surprised they were able to pack so many characters and action into so little space. But that's the beauty of old school comics, it's just go go go. Contained in this puppy were several ads about working out, one featuring Mr. Olympia himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger! Back in the 70's The Oak was making a living selling mail order workout materials before transitioning to films.
Man, this was just too good. Simonson's art is crisp, detailed and exciting. The colorization is vibrant and looks brand new. We get sorrow, strength and determination from Beta Ray Bill's sad origins of being the last of his planet's kind, selected through trial and combat to be their savior and being subjected to numerous physical and psychological experiments. Odin is truly the O.G. here as his power and reach seem limitless, decreeing this and that, making deals for his son and Bill. We get Thor's supporting cast of mischievous brother Loki playing tricks on Thor's lusting partner in combat, Sif, who gets to kick all kinds of ass to prove her mettle and keep boredom at bay. Beta Ray Bill looks like some kind of monster but ends up being an honorable creature saddened by the loss of everyone he knew. Proving again that sometimes, the beast can be the beauty...or Beta Ray Thor!