P.J. Holden

Battlefields 3 (February 2010)

776270.jpg
Well, Ennis gets to the rough stuff here. But he still handles it calmly and affably for the beginning, then once the event occurs, it’s rather touching. To this point, Battlefields has been pretty extraordinary and different, whether in plot details or characters. This arc is the first one where Ennis just sits down and tells a traditional war story–not too traditional, of course, the dead guy didn’t have a girlfriend to cry over him.

It’s a very sure piece of writing. Ennis always seems sure of himself, but this arc is a little different. There’s no hook. There’s nothing different about it to get a reader’s interest. It feels very comfortable and not in a bad way. Makes me wish Battlefields was a monthly.

However, something’s off with Holden this issue. His faces are too broad, which hurts during the two talking heads scenes.

Still, a great comic.

CREDITS

Happy Valley, Part Three: Who’ll Come on Ops in a Wimpy with Me?; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Paul J. Holden; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

Battlefields 2 (January 2010)

776269.jpg
Ennis continues with the mellow. This story arc continues to be calm and genial. It’s nice–the new captain flirts with the barmaid, the command decides to let the socially graceless Masher continue with his behaviors unhindered (he farts when he gets excited).

I still don’t know how to talk about the issue because so little of conversation-worthy note occurs. It’s just a good comic. Crew has a mission get rained out, they go drinking, they have another mission, they suffer some friendly fire, they make it home all right thanks to the captain. Obviously, if the captain’s doing something amazing each issue to save them, the implication is next issue he’ll fail.

Again, I’m a little at a loss for words. The writing is strong–Ennis reins in the humor a lot (he can go wild with these types)–and the art’s excellent.

It’s not dramatic just lovely.

CREDITS

Happy Valley, Part Two: In Pomgolia; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Paul J. Holden; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

Battlefields 1 (January 2010)

776268.jpg
Ennis is off to a fine start with the second round of Battlefields, this time covering Australian fliers during World War II. All Battlefields are WWII, aren’t they?

Anyway, it’s a fine start, with some nice humor at the end. It’s a pretty straightforward story, which might be why he’s opening with it–a solid war story.

In fact, it’s so straightforward, so solid, I’m really not sure where it’s going. There’s nothing revolutionary to it so far. It’s about a rookie pilot joining an experienced bomber crew. Ennis narrates the story through the pilot’s letters back home to his father, which maybe foreshadows of some tragedy… but it’s too soon to tell.

It’s maybe the most “enjoyable” Battlefields issue, as there’s no real dread yet. I’m sure there will be.

Hogan’s art isn’t realist, it’s emotive–maybe comic strip influenced. I’ll bet it looks wondrous in black and white.

CREDITS

Happy Valley, Part One: From a Land Down Under; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Paul J. Holden; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

Scroll to Top