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Battler Britton [Paperback]

Garth Ennis , Colin Wilson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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22 Jun 2007
First published in Sun comic in 1956, the adventures of Robert "Battler" Britton - an ace British pilot in World War II, whose quick temper made him as dangerous on the ground as he was in the air - thrilled kids all over the UK! We rejoin "Battler" and his crew in October 1942, as they have been dispatched to an American airstrip in North Africa, to spearhead a joint action against Hitler's war machine. Now they need to survive the taunts, the threats, the assaults...and that's just from the Yanks! Acclaimed writer Garth Ennis ("War Stories") and internationally renowned artist Colin Wilson ("Young Blueberry") present a classic tale of derring-do in the blue yonder!

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (22 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845765605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845765606
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of 'The Boys', 'Preacher', 'Hellblazer', 'Hitman' and 'Judge Dredd', much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.

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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of Hellblazer, Hitman, Punisher, Preacher, Pride and Joy and War Stories. He is much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style. Colin Wilson illustrated Rogue Trooper for 2000AD, and shot to international stardom when he was hand-picked by legendary artist Moebius to draw his Young Blueberry Western series. His US work includes Point Blank.

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5.0 out of 5 stars chocks away! 4 Jun 2007
Back in the 1960's and 1970's war stories were a staple feature of british comics. Tales of derring do of plucky brits versus evil nazis filled comics that an entire generation grew up.

the further we've gotten away from world war two, the more these stories have fallen by the wayside. A few great characters have gone into limbo as a result. But here, one is revived for a five issue comic story. Robert 'Battler' Britton is a raf wing commander, and veteran of the battle of britain, and here he takes his raf squadron to join with an american squadron in north africa. Lots of culture clash ensues, as the experienced brits and the plucky americans have to learn to work together to fight the common foe.

Whilst it's a title that all ages can read, it also manages not to pull any punches in it's depiction of the horrors of warfare and the effect it has on people. This is an excellent character based story that climaxes with the two main characters stranded in the desert together and uncovering an enemy plot, and things are brought to a head in a gripping air battle sequence.

If you grew up on this kind of comic, you will love this. And if you didn't, you will get hooked. A wonderfully entertaining read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Home for Tea and Medals... 26 Aug 2008
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Battler Britton, he's up there with Alf Tupper, Charley Bourne, Johnny Red and Cadman the fighting Coward. Just saying the name envokes Marathon Bars, Dr Who and Sarah Jane and Jim Fixing it. Those Halcyon days of Biffing the Boche, Hammering the Hun and Giving Nazi Rascals a 'Damn Sound Thrashing' and home for tea and medals.
The Art Work is first rate and Mr Ennis god bless him writes with a balance of "Tally-Ho" and "blast this for a game of soldiers". I have yet to find something Mr Ennis has written I dislike, perhaps he has a shopping list or some love poetry somewhere? but at this moment from Dan Dare, The Preacher, The Boys and his Homage to Commando Books he's scoring a bucket full of Five Stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delux Commando 25 Aug 2008
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Having enjoyed some of Garth Ennis' other work and being keen on WW2 aircraft, I was keen to buy this when it was published.

I was unaware of the original Battler Britton, but that did not matter and in no way hinder my enjoyment of the story. Of course, those who remember the original character may feel differently.

It's a good book, very nice art, good story and dialogue.

My only criticism, not that it is a criticism, is that there is little more to it than a typical Commando comic, save the artwork is in colour. For some that is a big issue, but if you enjoyed this then you can get more of much the same four times a month from Commando for a fraction of the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master of his craft 13 July 2008
Battler Britton is the story of a squadron of British pilots sent to train a group of their US counterparts in Africa during World War 2.

The artwork, pacing and writing in this collection, as with all Garth Ennis' work, is simply astonishing. A must read for any serious fan of the genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very British comic 23 July 2008
By J. Shurin - Published on Amazon.com
More British than British - one of Britain's iconic characters returned to life by an exceedingly British writer and an artist for 2000 AD.

Yet, in the end, it feels like this was written for an American audience.
British slang is discreetly translated in the footnotes, and the story - about Allied cooperation in 1942 - is almost defensively critical of the Americans.

Still a 'ripping good yarn', Ennis does a good job updating the pilot Britton for a modern audience - without crossing the line into ultraviolent parody (as he's prone to do).

The plot takes a backseat to the character development. Britton's sidekicks steal the show, and rightfully so.Britton is so annoying perfect as to be a bit dull; his American counterpart is so annoying imperfect as to be a bit dull; but everyone else is involved and entertaining.
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