Battlefields 7 (June 2010)

Is Braun drawing on a computer tablet here? His lines just seem completely unnatural. Of course, his art’s really loose–the size of Anna’s face isn’t constant.

And Tony Aviña’s colors are atrocious here. Looks like a beginner’s guide to Photoshop coloring.

The visual complaints aside, this issue starts fine. I’m a little unsure of another sequel (this time to Night Witches), especially after the last issue. Ennis has some good material in the issue–there’s some funny, touching stuff with this young female mechanic who’s inspired by an indifferent Anna. Indifferent being the polite way of putting it.

But, once again, Ennis has a lot of humor in the issue. It’s well-executed… but it doesn’t feel right, not when one thinks of the first Battlefields series.

Ennis maintains the attention to historical detail, but this issue is mostly full of Anna’s angst.

It’s good, but I’m getting wary.


Motherland, Part One; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Russell Braun; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.