Writer: Charles Dixon
Artist: Ben Dunn
Banner and the Swords of Texas are on hard times. A gun deal goes bad with some shady drug dealers. Now with the civil war and the Commies in full control of Mexico times are hard for the gun running mercenaries. Things are happening in the Japanese Baja Trade Zone. Not everything is going well in the workers paradise. A man named Roeder is killed by the authorities but not before he gets off a message to the Swords of Texas/
“Brothers with Arms”
Writers: Steven Scott & Beau Smith
Artist: Flint Henry
Beau La Duke comes upon his younger brothers causing a ruckus at his favorite bar in Colorado. It seems that there is trouble back home. A shady developer named Floyd is using a phony insurance scam to take over his parents amusement part back in Huntington, West Virginia. Now all the La Duke boys are going home to help out the family.
The first in a Scout mini-series was an enjoyable read. The Swords of Texas I thought had a lot of potential and we finally get a story highlighting them. It does a good job of setting up what the mission is and gives us a glimpse into what life is like in Communist Mexico. The main opposition is the Japanese governor of the Baja Commercial Trade Zone. Typically ’80s to have the Japanese as well as the Soviets as the heavies.
The Beau La Duke story also has a lot of potential. Full of action and humor as the La Duke family takes on the government, a shady developer and two wrestlers on steroids. Fun over the top hillbilly action.