Titan Comics 2015
Written by Garth Ennis
Illustrated by Keith Burns
Coloured by Jason Wordie
Lettered by Rob Steen
As Johnny and the Falcons attempt to clear their tracks and make good their escape, a rogue German fighter wing threatens to shred their plans to ribbons! And as the flak gets heavy, Johnny discovers a secret that could shake the Russian state to its core!
After having read seven issues of this I have to say this is now on my list of books to find when at a convention because i’m totally intrigued by this and what Garth has been doing. I don’t know if there’s anyone else around right now that can write a World War II story that has the same kind of human impact that he does. The characterization here has been exceptional and by using the mechanic to tell the story, as a first hand observer, so that the story is what it is and not a fabrication or “official” version has meant that we really do get the nitty gritty of what’s going on.
The more we see Johnny the more I become impressed with his intelligence, tenacity and loyalty to his friends and squadron. His gumption and just presence is so gosh darn strong you can’t help but kind of get caught up in his gravitational pull. Seriously I don’t think there’s ever been a character that can exude this much strong personality, heck this the kind of guy Batman wishes he were. What Garth does with him through his words, actions and Keith through facial expressions cannot accurately convey how he comes across to me.
Keith and Jason have made a dream pairing for me on the interiors. The flight and dogfights we get are just gorgeously illustrated. The destruction and the amount of detail we see in the skies is mesmerizing. The way Keith has this book flow through pages and panels really helps you get into the heart of what’s happening, the tension of situations or just the sheer anger emitting from characters.
Sometimes I get so caught up in the story I forget that this being told to people. So seeing that short segment where they talk in his apartment and the now old man, young mechanic, was fantastic for me. You do get this whole sensation of his life and loss that comes across is superb. There’s something about his weathered old face that really makes quite an impact on me as a reader.
I came into this because it’s from Titan Comics and it’s Garth Ennis, now i’m coming away with a whole new kind of respect not only for the men and women this represents but for these creators as well. This has been the kind of story and adventure that you do just because and then it becomes something you can’t do without and leaves you wanting to know more about those who served and fought for our freedom.
Never underestimate the power a story can have on you. Titan Comics has emerged as a place to expect the unexpected because it’s usually extraordinary.