303 – Garth Ennis

I always forget that Garth Ennis’ work has a slow start. This book is divided into two parts and I almost didn’t make it to the second. If you can wade through the comic book equivalent of EastEnders then there is gold at the end of this rainbow.

You could dismiss this work as an anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-western polemic and it does come on strong but it is told in such a way you certainly see his point of view. You sympathise for those at the bottom of the heap crushed under the boot of our greed driven society. You also share more basic emotions such as grief and loss. All in all it’s not what I expected but Mr Ennis did not let me down so persevere.

The art and more notably the colouring is fantastic. Amazing skies, breathtaking sunsets, sultry nights and daunting landscapes are all here. I don’t think I have seen a more colourful book and it’s not gratuitous. Thumbs Up and double thumbs up for the colourists!

23/342.

Tomorrow: When the Wind Blows – Raymond Briggs

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