The brutality and bravery of those who served in history's
greatest conflict is brought to vivid life by writer Garth
Ennis and four of comics' finest artists. From the saturation
bombing of the Ruhr Valley to the birth of the SAS in the
deserts of North Africa, from the blasted wreckage of Guernica
to the tracer-filled skies over the North Atlantic, these
tales will land you dead centre in some of the worst combat
zones the world has ever seen...
2 of Garth Ennis's War Stories series another four
tales that examine war from all angles. Unlike Volume
1, the second collection mainly focuses on
For Jenny is illustrated by David Lloyd and centres on
the crew of a Lancaster Bomber. We get to know all of the
characters and their back stories. Their captain is a rather
arrogant man who seems to be a rather sick s.o.b. It's soon
discovered why he hates the Germans, even the innocent civilians,
so much - a vicious bombing raid was responsible for the death
of his family. He takes an almost perverse pleasure in his
job bombing the enemy, much to the disgust of his fellow crew.
However, there is an interesting twist in this tale.
Reivers, illustrated by Cam Kennedy, follows a group on
a mission. Along the way we get a history lesson on The Reivers,
a bunch of guerrilla fighters whose blood lines survived the
tearing down of the Scottish/English border. These fighters
went on to spread around the world and were used in numerous
battles to get in and out of a situation as quickly as possible.
But are they a myth, or do they really exist?
is probably best (although rather crudely) described as The
Breakfast Club during the war. Here four soldiers, each
from a different side, are stuck together in a shallow hole
in the ground while mortars explode all around them. With
nothing else to do, the four men share their tales, but is
anyone really listening? Does anyone learn anything? This
story is illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra
Erskine illustrates Archangel, a tale about a pilot
and his time as the first person to test a new attack strategy
on the enemy. Launched, like a projectile from a catapult,
he has to engage the enemy and then, if he has time, head
for land or ditch his plane in the sea - hoping that he will
with Volume 1, this collection includes some historical
literature to put this stories into context and give you some
insight into the real missions and stories that these tales
are based on.
winner from Ennis.
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