Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now / Z-View

Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now is a paperback that collects the four issue Dominic Fortune mini-series published by Marvel Comics under their MAX imprint.

Writer: Howard Chaykin
Artist: Howard Chaykin
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letters by: Jeff Ecklebarry
Cover Artist: Howard Chaykin & Edgar Delgado

*** Beware – spoilers may be found below ***

The depression’s going strong, so when Dominic Fortune is hired to bodyguard Jock Madison, Vaughn Lorillard, and P.T. Oakley, three drunk and disorderly Hollywood stars, he jumps at the chance to pick up what looks like a few easy bucks, and maybe have a few laughs in the bargain. But when the trio of old school hambones and horndogs prove to be a bigger pain than he anticipated – and he accidentally stumbles across a conspiracy headed by mysterious American businessman Malcolm Upshaw and Delatriz Betancourt, the recklessly sexy granddaughter of Confederates who fled Reconstruction for South America – Fortune finds himself in hot water… with the fate of the USA at stake!

Dominic Fortune is an adventurer, but  the depression has left him with few opportunities.  So when Fortune is offered good money to babysit three out of control Hollywood movie stars, he takes the offer.

The hardest part of the job is keeping the three boozers from getting drunk enough to kill each other or make the papers.  That is until Fortune stumbles across a potential Nazi plot to attack the United States.  Fortune follows the clues and learns that the plan is real, the President’s life and the future of our country are at risk.

I’m a big fan of Howard Chaykin and Dominic Fortune is one of my favorite characters that he’s created.  Because this story first appeared under the Marvel Max imprint (which was designed for mature readers), Chaykin doesn’t hold back on the adult situations.  Yep, that means there is nudity and profanity.  Not all Dominic Fortune stories are for “mature readers”,  but this one is, so if that offends you, this yarn isn’t for you.

I had fun reading  Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now.  The adult content didn’t bother me (but could have easily been toned down without effecting the story).  Dominic Fortune going against Nazis is a natural.  Chaykin’s art is always a plus.  Delgado’s colors were nice.  He and Chaykin made a good team.

If you purchase the trade paperback, bonus material is included that was not reviewed above.  The trade also contains a previously only digital story: Astonishing Tales: Dominic Fortune written by Dean Motter and drawn by Greg Scott, along with the Dominic Fortune stories from Marvel Preview #2 by Howard Chaykin and Marvel Premiere #56 by Chaykin and Terry Austin.


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