Garth Ennis’ Battlefields #4 The Fall and Rise of Anna Part 1 Review

The next arc for Garth Ennis’ Battlefields is here, but is it as successful as its previous wartime romp?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

The heroine of The Night Witches and Motherland flies straight into trouble as her aircraft is shot down behind German lines. Anna faces her worst nightmare as a prisoner of the Nazis, and events are set in motion that will see her made an outcast amongst her own people. The third and last installment of the Night Witches’ story begins here.

When dealing with a narrative that seeks to tell an honest depiction of a war long since passed it can be tricky trying to find a balance between fiction and facts.  Needless to say this latest jaunt finds a way to do just that as the creative team pushes forward without taking into account the potential cost of any minor historical missteps.

Garth Ennis has handed in something the feels like an honest account of a difficult war.  You don’t need to be a historian or a fan of the time period to get the sense of honesty and integrity that’s simply oozing forth from this script.  From the struggle of gender equality to the realities of faulty equipment leaving you adrift in a desperate moment the author finds away to make each proverbial beat feel natural and cosmetic.  My one gripe is the fact that early on the transition from one language to another is poorly handled and it may confuse readers for a second or two.

Russ Braun brilliantly illustrates the struggles of Anna Borisnova Kharkova.  He brings her plight into the visual realm courtesy of his carefully handled pencil strokes. Thanks to some stunning renditions brought forth by his hand, the talent expertly crafts a believably layered world that’s full of physical consequences from the first page to the final panel.

Garth Ennis’ Battlefields #4 The Fall and Rise of Anna Part 1 is a resounding success that more than carries the legacy of the second World War while offering its own spin on some smaller events therein.  Recommended.

4/5

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