Tuesday, July 18, 2000

Casca #15: The Pirate

by Barry Sadler

The Casca series is about this Roman soldier, Casca Rufio Longinus, who was the soldier who stabbed Jesus with the spear when He was being crucified. Jesus then cursed Casca to "remain as he was" until He returned. (Mr. Sadler obviously got a bad translation of the Bible, because it reads there that Jesus had died before being stabbed.) So, ol' Casca becomes an immortal soldier ("eternal mercenary", it says on the cover) traveling about the globe and invariably getting into some war or police action. I was intrigued with the concept back in the 80s and bought about eight titles of the series before I got bored. In #15, it's 1718 and Casca has traveled  to the Caribbean. He gets caught up with some pirates and has some pirate adventures. Refreshingly enough, he makes only a mediocre pirate, unlike other adventure characters who quickly master everything they do. But otherwise it's pretty much standard hack and slay, with time out for an occasional wenching. I suppose this is good waiting room material, if you like that sort of thing.

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