Monday, December 01, 2008

Battlefields: The Night Witches #2 Review

Recently reviewed by me at CBR: Battlefields: The Night Witches #2 about which I write the following sentences: "In 'The Night Witches,' he tells the story of an all-female Russian air force squadron and their battle against German forces. The Night Witches themselves -- so named by the Germans -- are the focus of the story, but the only narrative captions in issue #2 are given to a reluctant German soldier who is tormented by his own leaders. Ennis does a lot of things well in this series, and one of the most prominent is his emphasis on characterization. This is a high-concept piece of historical fiction (women flying fighter planes in WWII!) but he doesn't oversimplify the situation or glorify anyone on either side. He shows the conflict within the ranks -- both Russian and German -- and allows both sides to show their troubling humanity. And yet, Ennis doesn't flinch from showing the savagery of war, either, and though the theme isn't as simple as 'war is hell,' there's an underlying acceptance that such a statement is true, and this is all a manifestation of that."

Read the entire review HERE.

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