Aug. 6, 2019

America’s secret agent!

Operator 5 #1 The Masked Invasion by Curtis Steele!

Operator 5 is Secret Service Agent Jimmy Christopher, a young man with a lot of raw skill. He works directly under an agent known only as Z-7. As the story begins, Operator 5 is tracking an oriental agent. Discovering the man’s hiding place, Operator 5 puts on a mask and silently battles his way in using a variety of fighting techniques and his ever-ready saber that he keeps inside his belt.

The weird then is, why mask up? He announces himself by name! Why would a crook not trace him by name, regardless of what he looks like? To further seal this discrepancy, the criminals use his twin sister Nan as a hostage against his cooperation with their demands. At least in the Secret Agent X stories, no one knows who X is, but here? Wow, it isn’t much of a secret who this agent is…

New York is attacked via blackouts every Friday that stop electrical power, automobiles, trains, and even airplanes!  Each period of darkness grows longer, and they all end abruptly at 10:00! As of this story, the darkness has struck 11 times! People are fleeing the country due to these blackouts.

To be honest, I bought this to check on the new format. I had forgotten how dry and boring the Operator 5 stories could get. Outside of the Purple Wars saga, that is. This is likely the reason why there are few reviews on amazon. It’s an uphill battle reading this. And this isn’t due to this format, on the contrary, I find the format easier to read than the original reprints. The story lacks a lot…

I will give it three stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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