Saturday, March 28, 2009

Battlefields: Dear Billy #3

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Peter Snejbjerg

I think this has to be one of the best books Ennis has written in years. In the first issue, the two protagonists manage to find each other amid the chaos caused by the Japanese during the war, and it is due to their similar experiences that Carrie first feels so attracted to Billy. In the second issue, they both go about their business of killing Japanese - Billy with much bravado as a bomber pilot, Carrie much more furtively and with slighter success.

It is in the third issue though that the differences between them come so strongly to the forefront. Carrie has never really left the atoll where she was raped, shot, and left for dead. Billy, however, is able to separate his past from his present, and views the war as a duty, and killing as his job. Their relationship comes to a terrible end, and we see the circumstances in which Carrie writes the letter that has formed the basis of narration through this whole book.

Ennis's writing is fantastic in this book, and it is aided to no small means by Snejbjerg, who completes the best work of his career. This has been a fantastic title.

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