The Next Nathan Hale Tackles World War II

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Raid of No Return

I really love the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series of true-history graphic novels. I learn a lot about key historical moments, presented with plenty of humor. Nathan Hale, the Revolutionary War spy (whose story is book #1), is the narrator, but Nathan Hale (a different one) is also the artist.

Later this year comes the newest installment, the seventh. Raid of No Return tells “A World War II Tale of the Doolittle Raid”. This isn’t the first war to make it into the series. #2, Big Bad Ironclad!, was about Civil War naval battles. #4, Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood, tackled World War I. And #6, Alamo All-Stars, had plenty of fighting as it told the story of the history of Texas.

(The two others have more specialized focus. The fifth, The Underground Abductor, is about the life of Harriet Tubman, while the third, Donner Dinner Party, is self-explanatory. Those two are also my favorites of the series.)

Raid of No Return is due out in November. Here’s the description:

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, officially bringing the United States into World War II. A new generation of pilots were recruited to fly bombing missions for the United States, and from that group, volunteers were requested for a dangerous secret assignment. For the first time in American history, Army bombers would be launched from an aircraft carrier. Once at sea, they were told their mission was a retaliation strike against targets in Tokyo. But on the day of the raid, a Japanese patrol boat spotted them and they had to launch early, with barely enough fuel to get them past their target.

After the bombing, some pilots crashed, some were captured, and many ended up in mainland China and were carried to safety by Chinese villagers, being hunted by Japanese forces all the while. With tales of high-flying action and bravery, Raid of No Return is a story of heartbreak and survival during wartime.

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Raid of No Return



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