Posts Tagged ‘War Stories’

Garth Ennis’s Knights of the Sky, Part Six: Battler Britton and “Archangel”: “The whole truth is unthinkable.”

Posted by on January 26th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

In the conclusion of his six-part essay on aerial combat in Garth Ennis’ works, Williams summarizes: The truth is insane. The trick is to find a way to make the insanity bearable.

Garth Ennis’s Knights of the Sky, Part Five: J for Jenny, The Night Witches, and more Phantom Eagle: “I have made my choice.”

Posted by on January 25th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

In his war stories, Garth Ennis has repeatedly put enemies in dialogue, face to face; or set allies against each other, in debate. He has returned, almost obsessively, to questions of duty and compassion, and to the brutal, arbitrary nature of modern warfare.

Garth Ennis’s Knights of the Sky, Part Two: Condors: “Gentlemen: I hate you all.”

Posted by on January 20th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

“Condors,” a selection from the second volume of Garth Ennis’s War Stories, finds four combatants — two from each side — hiding in a crater during intensive shelling. The setting is the battle of Ebro, toward the end of the Spanish Civil War. As the four are stuck together, unarmed, for hours, they each tell their stories and, naturally enough, argue about the war of which they are a part.