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War Stories (2014) #9


It’s a shame about Aira. He gets worse. Not just since last issue, but throughout this issue, he gets worse. By the end of the comic, I had to force myself to stop looking at characters’ faces because I knew Aira wouldn’t distinguish them well enough. I just paid attention to the dialogue.

Which had a typo.

Yet, it’s still an amazing comic book. Ennis hits another home run with the writing, with the depth and complication of it, with the sadness and horror. As far as the writing goes, this issue might be the best of the Avatar War Stories comics. It’s probably better than a lot of Battlefields. Ennis surprises to the end.

Reading Ennis in either a good, long ongoing or a genre he sticks to and develops in is a narrative of its own. You see how he learns and refines his craft.

Intricately wonderful writing.

2 responses to “War Stories (2014) #9”

  1. Hi! I wanted to stop by and thank you for the time you put into reviewing each issue. I sincerely take your comments at heart, and try to improve with each chapter, I arrogantly ignored much of the character’s expressions thinking the military hardware should get more attention, but I was missing the whole point of Ennis work.

    I am a big follower of the site, and listen to the podcast while working. Anyway, I wanted to say I heartfully appreciate your arguments, specially when they are harsh, I thrive to improve and I hope it gets to the point where my work is at least worthy of the script. It’s a long way to go so better get back to the drawing board.

    Thanks again, and keep commenting!

    1. Tomás,

      You are a far classier, far more gracious fellow than I could ever hope to be.

      Thanks for your comment.

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