Okay, starting at the beginning. Ennis jumps ahead five or six years, then fills the reader in on Anna and Mouse’s time since the war. Specially how Anna got out of her cliffhanger.
Now they’re in a different war–training North Korean pilots to fly against the Americans–and there’s not much appreciation for either woman.
When things start to go bad, Anna reacts poorly, making things much, much worse.
Ennis uses the issue not to do a standard war comic, but a specific one about the Soviet Union and how they treat their soldiers (and women). Then he puts in these little moments of humor, which give the comic lots of texture but also make the comic even more devastating.
Given how bad things are going, I almost don’t want to read the last issue.
Russ Braun does fantastic work. His facial expressions are great, especially for Anna.
The Fall and Rise of Anna Kharkova, Part Two; writer, Garth Ennis; penciller, Russ Braun; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.