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Garth Ennis’ Battlefields #5: The Fall and Rise of Anna Part 2 Review

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As the saga of this female fighter pilot continues to unfold, is her story truly one that’s worth telling?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

Korea, 1951, and Anna and Mouse find themselves still in the air- but only just. An old enemy intent on our heroine’s downfall has reappeared, and her dangerous past may be about to catch up with her. Then again, with the Korean skies filled with lethal American jet fighters, her problems may be over sooner than she thinks…

There have been many comics, movies or TV shows that have attempted to take a theater of war and turn it into an ongoing series.  Whether they were fictional in nature or based on truth it didn’t really matter because in either aspect the creative teams behind them were trying to deliver something authentic.

When it comes to achieving that via the written word few authors can surpass the literary skills of Garth Ennis, say what you will about the material he produces but if there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that he’s consistently competent.  This latest military based outing is no different, as he breathes life into an era and side of the Cold War that’s not necessarily a popular aspect.  In the end thanks to some well placed dialogue and a few shocking sequences the seasoned professional easily delivers something honest.

Russ Braun tackles the art and each pencil stroke illuminates this era with a complimentary level of authenticity that amplifies the power of the narrative.  Whether he’s illustrating a conversation or detailing a tribunal the talent has the ability to show some skills that add up to an outstanding visual experience.  There were some moments where bodily structure seemed a bit off but these instances were few and far between as they did little to detract from the overall experience.

Garth Ennis’ Battlefields #5: The Fall and Rise of Anna Part 2 is an exceptionally sturdy piece that yields some sterling character development that will have you feeling for our protagonist through out her depressing but still engrossing journey.  Recommended.

4/5

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