For a little while now, I've been reading old DC Comics such as the first appearances of Peacemaker and Bloodsport so that I'll know the characters if I can convince my dad to let me see Suicide Squad 2. While my arguments yield no results, I decided to rest and read Sgt. Fury 3. I'm more familiar with Sam Jackson's Fury, so it was interesting to read about his adoptive father (who I only know because of his son, his relationship with Captain America, and the David Hasselhoff movie.)
"Midnight on Massacre Mountain" was a mouthful of a Marvel moniker (roll on snare drum) to pronounce, so I hoped that the story would live up to its title and the massacre wasn't more of a "meh" battle. The story starts with Nick (who still has two eyes) tossing a grenade at Nazis who are trying to take over an Allied shoreline. When the other commandos also start getting bomb-happy, Nick scolds them and sends the surrendered Germans off for questioning. The Commandos take a trip to town and begin whooping it up, but General Sawyer eventually makes sure their fun doesn't last. Sending them on what he claims to be a "gentle beach vacation," they wind up on a shore all right- off the coastline of Italy, which the Axis has blockaded. The Howlers storm the beaches with field pieces firing at them. Hiding in the bushes, they wait for an OSS contact to arrive. A while later, a group of Italian partisans led by Major Richards (he sounded vaguely familiar) show up and assign the Commandos to save a US division trapped behind Massacre Mountain. Richards leaves, and Fury hopes he'll make a name for himself one day... and this part proved my feelings of recognition toward Richards were well-founded, as he eventually becomes Mister Fantastic! This little moment made an otherwise-mediocre story very nostalgic. Moving back to the story, Fury and company find themselves surrounded by Axis weapons, preventing them from reaching the division they were sent to rescue. After an argument with a pushy correspondent, Nick discovers that the Nazi forces have been anticipating their return and set land mines. Trying another plan, two Commandos head west while Nick discovers that Smith, the correspondent, is a Nazi spy.
The titular massacre begins, and I was wrong for thinking it would be anything but just that- a massacre. Just when all hope is gone, Fury finds the trapped Americans and helps them escape via the Tunnel of Caesar. While the US enjoys the glory and victory, the Howlers are left on a raft waiting to be picked up by a battleship. As the issue ended, I was glad that such a fantastic cameo had sped up Fury's adventure.