I grew up with war comics and have fond memories of greats the likes of Charleys War, Johnny Red, Darkee's Mob (Amazon wont allow me to write the actual spelling of that title because aparantly its offensive!) and Rat Pack. All of these have since been reprinted but unfortunately, unlike those other titles I mention, Rat Pack just doesnt stand the test of time.
The story is basically an adaptation of the Dirty Dozen series of films and has the main character attempting to lead a team of cut-throat criminals on suicide missions against the Nazis in WWII in order to earn their freedom. All the architypes are there - a brutish strongman, a skillfull knife-fighter, an acrobatic fistfighter and an intelligent but cowardly conman.
Each story is the stuff of traditional boys war-fiction and involves missions to save scientists, protect allied leaders, destroy important enemy installations, capture expewrimental vehicles or assassinate an enemy general.
Unfortunately where as the likes of Charleys War and Johnny Red managed to be exciting whilst also having important messages and a level of historical accuracy that escaped my notice as a child, Rat Pack remains very much rooted in the realm of kids war-fiction, giving the reader with little more than superficial and fantastical war stories that to the adult readers most likely to purchase this volume will only provide nostalgic value.