Saturday, February 20, 2010

Battlefields #3

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by PJ Holden

This issue closes off the 'Happy Valley' story in Battlefields. The crew of B-Beer goes on their last mission before they finish their tour, and as is to be expected, things don't go exactly according to plan.

Ennis has given us an excellent example of a story that celebrates the camaraderie of warfare, and the bonds that grow between men placed in dangerous situations. Running in the background is the implication that the Commonwealth soldiers' sacrifices were especially poignant, given that they were not fighting for their own country or security, but instead for some rather abstract notions of duty to their former rulers.

Holden's art looks great in this issue, especially in the scenes in the back of the Wimpy. Those pages reminded me of Joe Kubert, which is high praise. I don't know what was up with the undershirt on the pilot during the scene in his dorm room - it's obviously been added on by the colorist, but I can't imagine why.

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