Thursday, December 24, 2009

Battlefields: Happy Valley #1

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by PJ Holden

Garth Ennis's war series returns, with another well-crafted tale of the Second World War. I feel like that's all I have to say about the book - Ennis really knows how to write these things.

This time around, he's focusing on an Australian bomber crew flying missions into the German industrial zone, dubbed 'Happy Valley' by the bombers. This particular bomber crew has flown together for a while, and have only three missions remaining in their tour. However, they receive a new pilot to replace their injured former one, and he's right out of flight school.

At first, the veterans are loathe to take on a newbie, but they have no choice, and he proves himself to them. It's the standard war story stuff, but Ennis elevates the material through his strong attention to technical detail (I learned a few things about bombers), character development, and humour.

Holden's art is nice. His characters look a little cartoony, but he draws military equipment and flight suits in a more detailed, almost Kubertesque style. This is a good book.

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