On March 9, 1862, the world's first battle between two ironclad warships took place in the confined waters of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The previous day the Confederate ironclad CSS Merrimack - officially the CSS Virginia - impervious to her enemy's guns, had sunk two Union warships. When she re-emerged from Norfolk to complete the destruction of the Union blockading squadron, the USS Monitor steamed out to meet her. The four-hour duel that ensued was a stalemate, but crucially the Virginia had failed to break the Northern blockade of the Southern ports. In a single battle these two ironclads rendered wooden warships obsolete and transformed the face of naval warfare forever.
This full-color comic book includes further reading, essential information on the background, aftermath and key players of the conflict, illustrating one of the most revolutionary naval battles in world history and transports the reader to the cramped and dangerous conditions that the sailors faced for the first time.
About the Author
Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. After graduating from Oxford, he worked as an editor of comics and children's books before turning to writing full time. Notable works include Scooby Doo, Thunderbirds, Star Trek, The X-Men, Johnny Bravo, Batman, Dr Who, Mr Men, The Terminator and Postman Pat. He created and writes the popular series Sinister Dexter for 2000 AD and has recently finished a five year run on The Legion of Superheroes for DC Comics. Dan was voted Best Writer Now at the British National Comic Awards 2003. The author lives in Kent, UK.