In their investigation into missing persons in a small European town, the Skull and Knuckles discover a veritable horror show that calls itself a lab of science. In JSA LIBERTY FILES: THE WHISTLING SKULL #4, our heroes pick up the pieces of ghastly human experimentation. Who is responsible for such atrocities? Why pursue such horrid work? And how do the towns people react to their own being butchered?

The Whistling Skull and Knuckles, agents of the Skeleton organization and best friends (in the Of Mice And Men variety), went to an isolated European hamlet to investigate disappearances. At least one was recovered shortly after they arrived; unfortunately she exploded soon after due to a machine implanted in her chest cavity. Then they shot at something that turned out to be a dwarf…thing…and asked the locals where one might hide stuff. In searching, they find a lab vacated by its owners but populated by the test subjects.

Or what was left of them. The place was a bit of a mess; a lot of crimes against nature just lying around.

At least now the Skull can justify requesting aid from his superiors. Investigation of the crime scene and the Skeleton’s research sheds light on the man responsible: Klaus Hellman, formerly Hauptman Klaus Hellman of the Third Reich.

Because of course he’s a Nazi. Why wouldn’t he be? I would honestly be surprised if there were a mad doktor performing unethical human experiments in the 1940s that WASN’T somehow related to the Nazis.

The remainder of JSA LIBERTY FILES: THE WHISTLING SKULL #4 is devoted to character bits between the Skull and his partner, one for the Skull’s girlfriend back in England, and the townsfolk being obstinate about the grievous harm against their loved ones and who is taking responsibility for it. Of note at least to me is we’re given more information about Johannes, the local invisible man. It’s not much really, save that he fought in WWI with the current Skull’s predecessor, and that sometime afterward he had an “accident” that gave him his invisibility.

What? It’s interesting to me. It’s not my fault I can barely drum up enough to say about this miniseries every installment to fill a proper post. I get the feeling my new format will be more trouble than its worth in the long run.

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