Comic Review: Hawaiian Dick, Vol. 3: Screaming Black Thunder


Published on: September 27th, 2016
Written by: B. Clay Moore
Art by: Scott Chantler, Steven Griffin, Shane White, Shawn Crystal

Image Comics, 144 Pages


I waited quite awhile to get my hands on the third story in the Hawaiian Dick series but the wait was well worth it. Plus, I also picked up volume four, which I didn’t even know was made. I’ll review that one at a later date.

In this story, Byrd a.k.a. Hawaiian Dick finds himself mixed up in another interesting investigation in 1950s Hawaii. While watching an airshow, one of the military planes is shot down by a Japanese Zero. Byrd, along with the airmen, try to figure out what is going on, as the situation doesn’t make a lot of sense. We soon learn that our hero has found himself in another situation dealing with the supernatural.

The story also follows the other main characters on separate paths. Volume three serves more to flesh out the Hawaiian Dick mythos and to develop the characters than it does on the mysterious case itself. This volume is also packed with several short stories at the end, which help to expand this universe even more.

It was refreshing to pick up another Hawaiian Dick story but this was probably my least favorite of the first three, overall. It is a necessary volume, to add more depth to some of the characters, but it reads a bit slower and overall, is less exciting and engaging. You need that sometimes, though. Screaming Black Thunder finally takes the story away from just Byrd and how everyone else serves his story. Now the spotlight is a little wider and Byrd doesn’t have to be the sole focal point.

B. Clay Moore still made a solid volume with Screaming Black Thunder that will go on to serve the series better, as it hopefully continues for years to come. While there seems to be less going on, it made the world of Hawaiian Dick feel a lot less one-dimensional.

Rating: 7.25/10
Pairs well with: The other Hawaiian Dick collected editions.