A Man Called Kev Paperback – 24 Aug 2007
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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman and War Stories. He is much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style. Carlos Ezquerra is a veteran in comics, co-creator of the iconic Judge Dredd, as well as Strontium Dog for 2000 AD, and artist on Preacher and War Stories. Glenn Fabry began his comics career drawing Slaine for 2000 AD. In recent years he has provided art for Hellblazer, Preacher and a new Neil Gaiman series, Neverwhere.
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Be warned that its is not a "politically correct" book and may offend various groups. It is the most enjoyable book I have read in a long while.
Depressed, Kev meets up for a pint with his former SAS mucker, Bob, who has fallen on hard times as an author of Andy McNabesque fiction following a very drunken and highly scatological imitation of a primate at a high-profile publishing party (you have to read it to believe it. Carlos Ezquerra's artwork had me in convulsions of laughter). Bob has recently been in contact with an old regimental mucker of their acquaintance who is apparently hiding out with his Tiger in California. Following the loss of a good deal of money on a bum racing tip, Kev decides to cross the pond and make the pilgrimage to California.
However, a shady character from Kev's past is gunning for both Kev and Bob and no-one is going to walk away from this particular encounter unscathed...
I suspect that readers familiar with Kev Hawkins previous shenanigans will thoroughly enjoy what is purported to be the final adventure of this singularly amusing character. If you're not familiar with him, you really do need to pick up the first two volumes of his adventures (Authority, The: Kev and Authority, The: The Magnificent Kevin (Authority (Graphic Novels))) as this book draws heavily on the events, characters and mythology of those books.
As usual, Garth Ennis is spot-on with his portrayal of the British soldier. As someone who had the pleasure of working and drinking with various members of HM Signals and Parachute regiments for many years, I can confirm the authenticity of the dialogue, barrack room preoccupations and sense of humour.
I can also confirm that "Freckle" is actually a real pastime amongst the more drunken members of HM forces - but the less said about that, the better.
A thoroughly enjoyable, foul-mouthed, gloriously politically incorrect and occasionally touching insight into the mindset of a soldier let loose in civvie street, you don't want to miss "A Man Called Kev" if you're a fan of Garth Ennis.
And if you're anything like I am, you'll still be laughing over the "Bob The Monkey" sequence, days later.
Some of Kev's past comes back to haunt him and his buddies. An people die and Kev is on the run, Kev has to find sanctuary and figure out just what is going on and who is after him. Eventually Kev figures it out and begins to make plans as only a man of his talents can.
This story brings the tale of Kev to a satisfying conclusion and ties up a lot of loose ends. Although still as foul-mouthed as in earlier books Kev's crudity has been played down in this story as has his utter distaste for gay males. This is a hard-nosed adventure tale that avoids the goofiness of the earlier stories. I was happy to see Garth got it right this time. Check it out.