Another Great Ennis War Story with THE STRINGBAGS Review
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: PJ Holden
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer: Rob Steen
Publisher: Dead Reckoning
The Stringbags is a trio of stories based on the Royal Navy’s Swordfish crews. To be exact, the Fairey Swordfish, a plane that by WWII standard was a relic-of-sorts. As the Axis has had success with far superior aircraft, Ollie, Archie and Pops, 3 unlucky airmen do their best to help win a war in a few of WWII’s more unknown events.
What I really enjoyed about the Stringbags is that Garth Ennis has such a great way of creating these three characters, dropping them into a real historical event and making it feel like I knew them so well. He’s a total pro at injecting personality and emotion into characters. As far as the war stuff, I do feel that there’s no one currently on Garth’s level for writing these types of stories. The Stringbags is no different in that regard. It does read a bit like an Ennis war story. There’s a real historical setting and the characters are fleshed out. A bit of humor, too.
Joined on The Stringbags is PJ Holden, who has worked with Ennis on Battlefields and World Of Tanks: Citadel, so he’s no stranger to having the theater of war drawn onto a page. Not an overly detailed style, but his pencil work is perfect for Stringbags. As far as the rest of the creative team goes, Kelly Fitzpatrick handled the coloring and used what feels like the proper color palette for the content. Rob Steen, who worked with Ennis on Erf, handled the lettering and does a good job on proper balloon placement and the font style is kind on the eyes.
I thought The Stringbags was a great read. It’s hard to call any war story ‘fun’ but I did enjoy this very much. Any war comic by Garth Ennis is worth the read and if PJ Holden is along for the ride, the pair are going to deliver something that’s truly enjoyable. As I base this review off the physical hardcover, I was glad they didn’t go with a dust jacket opted for art on book. Good spine. Quality paper. It’s the type of book that’ll look just right when sitting next to my other Garth Ennis books.