TKO Studios ‘Sara’ is War at Its Best
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Steve Epting
Color Art: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Letterer: Rob Steen
Editor: Sebastian Girner
Title & Cover Design: Jared K Fletcher
Book Design: Robert Terlizzi
TKO Studios is a new publisher that just arrived on the comics scene and they are making a splash in a number of ways. For one, they assembled some rather great creative teams for their initial title launch. Two, you can read the first issue of any of their books for free on their website. Three, you have a variety of ways to get the physical copies, whether it’s buying all the single issues, the digital issues or a collected edition, all available at the same time. Lastly, by putting out high-quality stories, which is the case with Sara.
Sara is a story set on the Eastern Front of World War II, from the perspective of the Russian troops, many whom are female, set to take on the Nazi troops. The title character, Sara, is a sniper, nestled up a tree, waiting for the chance to pick off German forces. The story bounces from Sara in her tree, to the other troops in her group. In all, the first issue of Sara is a compelling story.
The creative team on Sara is a talented one. First off, Garth Ennis provides the story. He’s definitely written a good deal of war stories. He’s also written quite a bit about female Russian troops, as the Battlefields stories involving the character Anna Kharkova show. I bring it up because Garth has previously written about how the Russians used females, many times at the forefront of their battles. Ennis shows a lot of knowledge with these types of stories and it’s that added level that really helps these stories stand out. There’s a lot of story here to go through and if I had any complaint, it’s that for an opening issue of a series, it’s light on the action and that I like a first issue to bring a lot of pop with it. That said, it’s a very enjoyable first issue without action and guns blazing down on people.
On art, we have Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser, with lettering by Rob Steen. Visually, it’s a wonderful book. Epting’s pencils are always great and he’s well-suited for a combat book. Body chemistry, weaponry and overall setting, he knows exactly what he’s doing. I found Breitweiser’s colors to work perfectly with the artwork and I feel that she’s one of the best colorists in the industry. It shows on Sara. Rob Steen’s lettering is a great example of how it should be done.
Like stated before, TKO Studios has made the first issues of all of their titles available to read digitally. There’s no risk there, save the time it takes to read it. I greatly enjoyed this first issue of Sara, enough that I plan to purchase the series. Garth Ennis is a master storyteller in the field of war comics and Sara is another quality story. Added into the mix is the rather detailed artwork from the team of Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser, making Sara a new title not to miss. Ultimately, nothing should stop you from reading a free comic. With how TKO Studios is going about getting noticed, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be reading Sara.