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A Man Called Kev Paperback – 24 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (24 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845765966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845765965
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 16.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,097,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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This volume reprints issues #1-5 of A Man Called Kev. It is a `typical' Garth Ennis story - page one is a British soldier being blown to bits by an IRA bomb, and it ends with the execution of the man who has been hunting for Kev during the course of the story, taking in Kev's escapades with Bravo Two-Four in Iraq, and the massacre of innumerable `civilian security' operatives who worked for the man hunting him. It is an excellent story, with sufficient graphic violence, swearing and sex to keep any adolescent entertained for an hour. It you enjoy Mr Ennis's work, then this is for you - and, despite Kev's past associations, there are no superheroes in sight, or even mentioned in passing. This is just about Kev and his mates, who, admittedly, do tend to die along the way.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b4a00cc) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x9b477258) out of 5 stars Dry British Humour 20 Jan. 2008
By Brit C Power - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was drawn to this book because I am a great fan of carlos Ezquerra's earlier 2000AD work. I was very pleasantly suprised to find a good story, excellent art and some truly laugh out loud funny bits. This book permiates a kind of dry sarcastic humor that is so prevelant in the UK. "A man Called Kev" ties up the story from "The Authority KEV" and it is more of an urban war story than the superhero stuff in the earlier book. The art is very much in the style of 2000AD instead of some of the glossy "SPAWN" type detailed stuff but it fits the story perfectly.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b4c796c) out of 5 stars Kipling And Scatology 3 Sept. 2009
By DLD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The third volume of the adventures of Kev Hawkins, a character originated by Garth Ennis during his brief segues into the world of 'The Authority', finds everybody's favourite, hapless, homophobic ex-SAS man being given his marching orders from the UK following the fallout of the events from volume two and the discovery of a rather pornographic episode from his army career by his former intelligence paymasters.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b44c2ac) out of 5 stars Blood, Sex & Terror - Everything you expect from a Garth Ennis story 5 Mar. 2012
By The Squirrel of Christmas Present - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This volume reprints issues #1-5 of A Man Called Kev. It is a `typical' Garth Ennis story - page one is a British soldier being blown to bits by an IRA bomb, and it ends with the execution of the man who has been hunting for Kev during the course of the story, taking in Kev's escapades with Bravo Two-Four in Iraq, and the massacre of innumerable `civilian security' operatives who worked for the man hunting him. It is an excellent story, with sufficient graphic violence, swearing and sex to keep any adolescent entertained for an hour. It you enjoy Mr Ennis's work, then this is for you - and, despite Kev's past associations, there are no superheroes in sight, or even mentioned in passing. This is just about Kev and his mates, who, admittedly, do tend to die along the way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b89a3a8) out of 5 stars Kev Done Right 17 Jun. 2007
By Joshua Koppel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although I was not that fond of the earlier Kev stories, as a completist I had to check this one out. I am actually glad I did. Without trying to be goofy with The Authority characters, Garth Ennis was able to treat Kev the way he should be.

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.
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