SARA (TPB Review) A Bird In The Hand
Writer Garth Ennis
Artist Steve Epting
Colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser
Letterer Rob Steen
Editor Sebastian Girner
Published by TKO Studios
Sara is a riveting look at an all-female squad of snipers in the Russian military in 1942. We get a cold, hard look at Nazi-occupied Russia during WWII while they were trying to take back their country. Sara is the best of them all. Further into the chapters of this story we get a glimpse into her past through some flashbacks, giving us a bigger piece of the puzzle. Most of the girls work in twos – one sniper and one spotter – except for Sara, she keeps sneaking out as a solo act. The first thing that grabbed my attention before I realized who was attached to this book was the cover art on the trade edition. There is quite a bit of waiting for the right moment along with the perfect opening. Just so she can make it back alive to the base camp just to do it all over again. Sara keeps going after bigger and bigger targets from scouting parties to entire encampments of the German army.
Garth Ennis wrote this book and is synonymous with the most epic Punisher runs of all time. Bringing his exquisite pen to this story makes this one of the best war stories in all of comics since the silver age of war comics. If you’ve ever enjoyed any of his past work. You’re in for a treat in this series, this book stands out above the rest. There was just something magical in the pages of this collected trade edition. I couldn’t put this down until I read it from cover to cover.
Steve Epting was the artist on this book with a hand on colors from the talented Elizabeth Breitweiser. Steve was one of the most popular artists in recent years on Captain America. His unique artistic style makes this book a thing of beauty to behold. The coloring that Elizabeth brought to each and every panel brings this book to life that can only be compared to “lifelike”. If you haven’t seen this book yet you need to check it out. My description that tries my best to put into words still can’t do this book justice. You really need to see this for yourself.
TKO Studios has done something entirely new with their business model. They are first publisher to make their first issues available to read for FREE online, as a way to try them out to see if you like them before you buy an entire mini-series first. They don’t do superhero comics. What they do is a more mature story in much the same way Vertigo did for DC back in the ’90s, but with an all-new vision. New stories with established creators instead of established characters. For more on TKO, Studios check out their website TKOPresents.com where you can download the first issue of Sara to check it out for yourselves. Sara is available at comic shops or direct from the TKO website as well as digitally on Comixology. All their series are available to purchase in three different ways. Single issues of the entire story arc is a special collector’s box that looks great on any shelf. In a collected oversized trade paperback or digitally. They are also the first company that doesn’t seem to charge full cover price for their digital versions. Get your copy of Sara today in whatever version you like the best, just read it! Please Like, Comment, Share and as always Keep it, Geek!