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on 6 February 2012
This volume continues on from "Falcon's First Flight" with Johnny "RED" Redburn up to his neck in the Horrors of the Eastern Front. This is no "Charley's War" where both the writing and art are first class, no disrespect to Mr Tully but this stip is carried by the sublime art of Joe Colquhoun.

His panels look like they have fallen out of an Osprey reference book, such is the attention to detail. The Animation of the Character's features - you can plainly see the Horror, Anger, Fear and Thousand Yard stares etched on the features of the combatants. Just one panel in particular where a German officer is trying to train his Ack-Ack guns on Falcon flight , from his expression of fear and hate to the Wounded Badge and "Order of the Frozen Feet" on his tunic - few other artists of the time could turn out a panel like that.

Joe Colquhoun's Art was wasted on the Scruffy apath that I was in the 1970's but is treasured by me now.
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Second volume in the series that reprints Johnny Red, classic British war comic story from Battle Picture weekly of the 1970's. It tells of the exploits of Johnny Redburn, young British pilot who finds himself in Russia and a member of a fighter squadron there. He battles Nazis, politics, and tries to keep his past secret.

This volume continues right from where book one left off Johnny Red : Falcons First Flight and isn't a bad jumping on point, but it does come in right in the middle of one storyline, so you are better off starting with the first book.

Once again, this is a large sized hardback volume, and it reprints the original strips from Battle. Each of those were published on a weekly basis and ran for just three pages, but they are a masterclass in packing a great amount of writing and action into a short space, and each end on a cliffhanger.

The black and white art by Joe Coquhoun is superb and detailed.

The story pulls no punches in depicting the horrors of war. Supporting characters can be gone in a hail of gunfire in an instant.

There is a long introduction from popular modern day comic writer Garth Ennis which is well worth reading. It does make interesting points about some slight continuity problems and how the historical details of the story aren't always entirely accurate, but how you can still enjoy it for what it is.

This also has the usual disclaimer that it was written in a time when it could use language that some might nowadays find offensive. But since the only people likely to read this are those who read it back in the day and will know what to expect, that shouldn't be a problem.

There are twenty eight instalments here. And the last of them does end on a big cliffhanger. So here's hoping there will be a volume three sooner rather than later.

There's also a gallery of covers from Battle showing the issues when some of the instalments in this inspired the cover illustration. In a weekly periodical that cost just nine pence. Those were the days. And this should bring back fond memories of them.
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on 7 August 2013
The writing and artwork come together brilliantly along with the gritty scenario of war in Russia.New readers will savour this fantastic piece of "comic book" work.
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on 25 February 2014
Boyfriend was oer the moon with this

I think I saw a little tear?

Total BOY Book.
He loved it
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on 5 February 2015
Excellent in every way, stories, illustrations, format.
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on 20 March 2015
excellent product and on time
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