Saturday, January 23, 2010

Battlefields #2

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by PJ Holden

When reading this latest Battlefields story, you can really feel Ennis's affection for his characters. The Australian Wellington bomber crew this story is centred on consists of your usual assortment of characters: the earnest, talented newbie pilot, the irreverent, wise-cracking but skilled second pilot, and the other crew members who sort of blur together, but are all good chaps.

The story itself is pretty standard - the experienced crew is close to finishing up their tour, the Brits look down their nose at the guys from the colonies, etc., etc. Like I said, nothing you haven't read before, if you've only just glanced at some previous war comics or stories. But, since it's being written by Ennis, when he's not just trying to shock you or gross you out, it's pretty compelling and enjoyable stuff. I'm becoming quite fond of Holden's work too, and would like to see more from him.

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