As you know the revolutionary war was rough, lack of funds, proper equipment and the like. While little can be done about that, Tom is asked to delay supplies to the British, to help even the footing. So he is given a ship with a small crew, even though I’m sure that there is probably someone better for the job than a frontier’s man. As is normal for this man Tomahawk gathers more men from allied tribes with whom he is friendly.
Their first battle doesn’t start off so hot, as their enemies have better range. But Tom’s Native friends are able to save the day, by shooting flaming arrows into the powder kegs on the British ship, and blasting them to bits. Tom leads his men to victory after victory, and he is finally given a more specific target; a ship bringing rifles that HQ wants him to recover for the American forces. After winning that battle the British send their most powerful ship against Tom’s tub. I should probably mention that people keep telling Tom he needs to have better discipline.
But as has been proven, unorthodox methods work wonders. Tom and his native friends build a fleet of canoes, and loaded them with oil. The bring in the canoes, unseen from the massive warship. Then they dump the oil, and light it. Having put quite a dent into the enemy forces Tom is given a salute and taken off the sea.
“The Frontier Protection Racket”
Sam Dalton is having a nice meal with his family when flaming arrows are sent into his home. Fortunately it is not a full blown attack, but a warning. Sam thinks a man called Hank Slater is behind the attack, as Sam had refused to pay him protection money. Sam is pissed, and rightfully so, but maybe it wasn’t so smart of him to go up to the man and accuse him, without proof. For his trouble Sam gets walloped across the jaw, but he vows he’ll stop the raids none the less. Hank says Sam’s gonna end up with a Tomahawk in his head, which I thought would make him think of Tomahawk, but I guess he’s not that well known?
But he goes to the nearby tribe, and discovers the arrows do not come from them. To get to the bottom of all this the chief calls his friend- Tom. We see a brave set out to find him, bring him back and finally the meeting Tomahawk has with the tribe. One of the brave actually was in on it (I thought Slater and his men may just be dressing up) as he thinks that he has to report to him. Even though his men warn him of Tomahawk’s mighty feats, Slater is unconcerned and sets up a raid for the next day.
After Tom and Dan chase off the raiders and return the cattle to their field Hank comes up and is all “shame that had to happen I could have protected you if you payed” and Tom pretends to fall for it. Sadly this causes the rest of the settlers, barring Sam, to pay up. Still, they should get their money back in the end. Tom starts his investigation with no eyes on him. He follows Slater’s tracks and finds the horde of loot he had gathered while convincing people to pay him, but it turns out Slater and his men weren’t fooled and they ambushed Tom inside the cave.
Not wanting to have any chance of his death being put upon him Slater takes Tom’s clothes and one of his men wear hem on the next raid, hoping the townsfolk will lynch him. Sure shooting they see the figure dressed as him and are beyond angry. Dan of course stands by his friend. Slater’s men tell everyone they captured Tom and they come with torches. But when the boulder blocking the cave is rolled away Slater is there, still dressed like Tom. On top of that Tom has the rest of the tribe pointing bows at Slater’s men.
He explains how he was able to push one stone down the incline, and have it smash into the barrier and make him an opening to slip through. He gets his friends and they capture Slater. The chief is left to deal with his turncoats, the loot is recovered, and Slater’s men go to trial.
“The Battle of the Puppets”
While on their way to yet another adventure Dan and Tom pass a puppet show, which is highly pro the revolution. When two redcoats come to arrest the puppeteer Dan and Tom take them down. Then the three flee, using the escape Tom already had planned. When the frontier’s men aim to leave him behind before they head into danger the man insists on going with them.
Soon they come across the settlers who are engaging in battle with the native tribe nearby. They make a break for the inn, and hole up inside with the rest. After chasing off the band for a while they take stock of their situation. Having been fighting for a while only six fighters remain in the settlers, and Tom informs them the continental troops can’t be there til the next day. To cheer up the settlers the Puppeteer puts on his show, which gives Tom an idea. And they get to making puppets.
Tom, Dan, and the puppeteer head to where the tribe is, their leader making a speech of victory. Tom leaps from the trees and says that won’t happen and using magic he would show them the real outcome. The puppet stage glows for some reason, making the figures of Tomahawk and the tribe’s chief clear. The puppet Tomahawk beats the figure of the chief and then the puppet troops arrive to capture the rest of the tribe. Some believe the show, and others do not. To prove it Tom will fight the leader by himself.
In a way very similar to what happened in the puppet show Tom beats the chief. the tribe prepare to flee the coming troops, but a scout comes and tells his people how far the troops are. Dan drops his powder horn into the fire to give Tom time to escape, and the two are chased by the tribe, away from the inn. As the ran the troops showed up, and the tribe fled- but it was really the remaining settlers from the inn, dressed as the military. When the troops arrived for real, they were able to see a puppet version of the whole ordeal.
The villain of this piece is a man who seems to have some amount of power over a nearby tribe, and uses it for ill. The tribe has been praying for a wrathful spirit to destroy the man, and while the men laugh and mock this, the news that Tomahawk is coming is met with more fear by them. The leader thinks that even should the Natives tell Tom of their mistreatment, he could find no proof as he plans to treat them well while he is there. Now we jump to Tom and Dan, who are told of the upcoming arrival of the wrathful spirit, and a few other things, such as the lack of rain and the cruelty of the colonel.
As night falls a glowing being rides up on a glowing horse and shoots an arrow at Tom, or maybe just past him since I know not the skill of the archer. Tom tells the others to hide and he and his friend run after the specter. However fast they run though, the distance between them and their quarry remains the same. When Tom throws his knife it passes through the figure, and it turns to mock him, and then fades from view. Tom is now outside of the fort ran by the cruel colonel. As they contemplate things the colonel comes running from his cabin, yelling about a ghost. He complains that he had been shot with and arrow, and shows a small wound on his arm, and says the weapon has vanished.
Well they go to their cabin, and instead of going inside they wait, and soon men come, talking of killing Tom. Dan and his friend surprise their would be ambushers, but after the leader of the group is knocked down he pulls out a gun. But from behind Tom appeared the spirit once more, and it shot an arrow again. Dan said the arrow was for Tom, but we can’t be sure as the panel is unclear. Tom however moves and it hits and kills the man with the gun instead. It flees, they follow, it disappears.
The colonel is frightened, as are his men, and all refuse to go with Tom when he investigates the trail in the morning. Dan and he soon find a phosphorus rock, and then a cave of it. They also find the figure they had followed, and discover it was made of woven reeds. As the glowing figure would catch all attention the actual fiend would be able to move it with a long stick or the like and not be seen. Tom voices his suspicion that the colonel is the man behind this ruse, and the wound he had received was from when Tom threw his knife at the reed figure.
Then they hear voices, and the men of the fort approach. The colonel cries for them to slay Tom and Dan, and that none would know it wasn’t the spirit. But it wasn’t the real ones they shot at, but they reeds re-woven to look like our boys in the dark. The men fled in fear, and together they took down the rotten commander. Taking the tale to those higher in command, the man is imprisoned, and the story ends.
Tom is reporting to a mayor of a frontier town, letting him know a tribe of hostile natives have changed direction as so the town is safe. There is quite a commotion in town that catches the eye of the frontiersman. The smith, Jamie Bean, had just invented a machine that moved forward powered by steam. The wagon also had a dream powered cannon upon it, but he let the pressure get too high, and the thing exploded.
Tom and Dan help the man back to his shop, while the townsfolk whisper harsh words about him. Can’t exactly blame the folks as it seems he has caused many accidents, and put himself and other in danger many times. Later that day he is told that they twin will forgwt everything if Jamie will just not invent things ever again, but he refuses, saying he’ll move to another town.
Tom and Dan leave before Jamie, but the soon hear his wagon, and they head back to warn him he is heading toward the hostile tribe. It is too late however and even as they speak they are being watched. They were able to scare off their attackers when the fifht began, by using the cannon on the wagon to scare them off. Dan and his friend must head out to warn a nearby fort, and for some reason Jaime just plans to stay where he is. In till he bemoans the fact that if he had another boiler he could take them up river faster. So Tom takes out some pota and with some of the scrap Jamie had brought with him turned it into a sort of boiler. Then they change the wagon into a rough raft, and viola thw first steamboat.
When they arrive at their destination however they find that the fort had been taken by the natives. Aiming to take it back Tom builds a stockade around the wagon, making a sort of tank. Knowing the doors to the fort were too strong to run down Tom heats the fire in the modified pots so the pressure built and it blew, opening the fort to them. The fort was soon recaptured and Jamie moved in, well he built a home just outside for the safety of the people. He planned to invent a safety valve, as the boilers were too dangerous for regular use.
Tom is speaking with a man who had just inherited a section of forest, and now he wants to clear it and open it for settlers. He has asks Tom there to guide a survey crew. We should note the man has a cane, as the tile of this is “The Man with a Cane” As a precaution the man sends gifts to be given to any natives they encounter. It seems to work as they pass by very quickly after giving the men the boxes. That night though Tom notes that they are being followed, and by the footprints the followers belong to the tribe of Tall Man, who is a known troublemaker.
The next day they are shot at, and once again it is one of Tall Man’s braves. Tom deduces that the chief wants to be on the warpath with them. They start to look for the brave and when they find him Tom hits the rifle in his hand to the ground with his tomahawk. He lets the man flee as he looks over the weapon, which still had packing oil on it. This means that the weapon had just arrived. Tom said he was gonna follow the native that fled and sent Dan to warn the others. Arriving back Dan noes many crates are missing and as he is about to investigate gets knocked out by people clearly wearing tricorner hats. The two then carry Dan into the woods.
Apparently having failed to find the man who shot at them Tom returns back and can’t find his young friend. He asks the men if they have seen Dan, and notices what Dan had, and checks the bottom crates, finding more guns. He sees the markings of a cane, and figures that Dan had noticed the fact they were smuggling weapons and had the man who hired them had taken Dan. While talking to the men about the cane-marks something strikes him and he suddenly says that Dan is being held prisoner at Tall Man’s village. He hurries to the village and frees Dan, who confirms the man with the cane was behind the smuggling.
Then there is a fierce battle as Dan and Tom fight their way out suddenly joined by the tribes nearby who are friends with our frontier’s man. Naturally our side wins and Tom points out that they real man with the cane truly was good, and probably was the man who they met with before they began, and the smuggler was his twin, who had taken his place in order to stop the project and keep the land and money going into the project form himself. He figured out by the fact the twin put little weight on the cane, and so left small impressions.
During the revolutionary war Tom is sent somewhere along the coast to lead a force of men who had just lost their leader. He is shown some British forces, apparently sitting ducks, and he hastily calls a retreat. His new men question it, but eventually they move back. They lose two cannons while retreating, but Tomahawk says they hold where they are for a rest then continue their retreat, though his men want to bring the fight to the redcoats. It is uneasy battle to make their way further inland, and they lose their last cannon to swampland. Finally, cold, wet, tired, and on the loose footing of the swamp Tomahawk says they’ll attack.
Of course he had a plan, another troop of men had been following the British who followed them, and they trapped the enemy between them. One of the dissenters from Tomahawk’s men sneaked up behind him, intent to kill. Tom was ready though, as the man had slipped, and revealed information he ought not to have known. He then explained that he had been ordered to sound the retreat by General Washington, so others could sneak in and steal the ships the British left behind.
One day Tom and Dan see a troop of redcoats retreating in a hurry, and lament the fact that they had not fallen for a trap, as the news had been spread by a newspaper in the area. Coincidence of coincidences they come across the the writer of the article just a little bit later. They bring him to a fort where the general there wants to have him locked up, as he was either a fool or a spy. But Tom vouches for him, saying that properly conducted the idea of a paper was sound. Like a puppy who has been shown kindness he follows Tom and Dan, wanting to write about where they go next. But he is quite a hindrance to the frontier’s men.
Tom allows the reporter to write out his story, but not to send it. This seems to be a mistake the next day when the three are captured by redcoats, and they send the story and Tom’s report, intending to use the advantage of knowing their enemies movements. Oddly Tom thinks he can still make this good news. When the sun rises the next day the writer says he wants to write of the current situation, and is allowed to by the Brits. Spraying he leader in the face with ink he causes the man to drop his sword, and Tom frees himself.
Dan ran to the nearby Fort and enlisted help from the men there. But even if Tom hadn’t been able to fix the situation it was just fine, as he had switched the labels on the carrier pigeons so the letters had gone to the wrong people. Getting the story instead of the okay the general had known that something had gone wrong, and was prepared for the British to know the plan. Does that make sense? It’s late so I’m not sure…
We start off seeing some strangers transporting goods along the Mississippi. They are set up on by pirates in the second panel, much to their shock. The cargo ships are left destroyed, their crews killed and their goods stolen. This is not the last time either. Ship after ship is taken, and we now see where the ships were meant to go, to be used as trade with a native tribe further up river. The chief suggests they call Tomahawk to help, as he will surely know what to do. With a chain of smoke signals the two are summoned. They ask for a few braves to help them, and with those men he would take back the trade route. He ambushed the pirates on the next shipment and as they fled Tomahawk called pursuit. They found the pirates had hold of a fort, so Tom and Dan step forward to investigate their force. But while Dan is counting cannons he is captured. The villains tied the boy to the mouth of a cannon and cried put a warning that an attack would mean Dan’s death. The group is led inside, but Tom has had one of the tribesmen wear his clothes so he can dramatically declare his position. He had used the time the other man gave him to lessen Dan’s ropes and to lock most of the pirates in their rooms. Now free of their need to help Dan the party attacks, and the criminals find they are helpless before the skills of Tomahawk and the Braves.
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