Johnny "Red" Redburn returns in this third volume following on from volume two "Red Devil Raising", in this action packed volume we find Johnny and the Falcon squadron fighting in the skies over Stalingrad.
Mr Tully has Johnny getting in to all sorts of scrapes in and around Stalingrad starting off with a dog fight and straffing of the Mamayev Kurgan, a close call with nachthexan and even a brief spell as a front line soldier. However the script is the weakest part of the collaboration what really makes the strip is the work of Joe Colquhoun who takes a typical Boy's action story albeit set on the Russian front and turn it in to something special.
The aerial action is outstanding as he captures the movement of aircraft which are rendered in detail down to unit markings. The detail he works into ground sequences is spot on and even an anorak like myself is left slack jawed at his accuracy as regards the smallest detail of uniform and equipment. As I mentioned regarding the second volume the real reason for buying this is the art of Joe Colquhoun and the same holds true for this third volume.
Whilst Johnny Red will always have a nostalgic place in my comic loving heart I cannot help feeling that had Johnny Red been a collaboration between Joe Colquhoun and Pat Mills (Mr Mills and the Red Army is a marriage made in heaven or the central committee) it would have been not just great but Epic.
All in all well worth every penny.