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[The Best Of Battle] – (Various)

I never read “Battle” when I was a kid and read their rival “Warlord” instead. It looks like I  really missed out on some great stories and this book provides a taste of what I missed.  I enjoyed all the stories in this book and they capture the cream of British war comics admirably. The Black and white artwork is excellent throughout and even the B/W  printed versions of the color strips look good.  The only strip that I had read before was pat Mill’s excellent “Charley’s War”.

My only real criticism is that because they included so many different stories it meant that all you got was a short taster of each.  It was annoying for instance that theyonly included 3 out of 6 episodes of “Hold Hill 109”.  I hope they will produce some “Complete” versions in the future.

Included in this collection:

  • “D-Day Dawson” written by Gerry Finley Day and Ron Carpenter with art by Colin page.
  • “Day of The Eagle” written by Eric Hebden with art by Pat Wright.
  • “The Bootneck Boy” written by Gerry Finley Day and Ian MacDonald with art by Giralt.
  • “Rat Pack” written written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Carlos Ezquerra.
  • “Major Easy” written by Alan Hebden with art by Carlos Ezquerra.
  • “Fighter From the Sky” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Geoff Campion.
  • “Hold Hill 109″  written by Steve MacManus” with art by Jim Watson.
  • “Darkies Mob”  written by John Wagner with art by Mike Western.
  • “Panzer G-Man” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Geoff Campion.
  • “Johnny Red” written by Tom Tully with art by Joe Colquhoun.
  • “Joe Two Beans” written by John Wagner and art by Eric Bradbury.
  • “The Sarge” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Mike Western
  • “The Early Adventures of Hellman of Hammer Force”  written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Mike Western.
  • “Crazy Keller” written by Alan Hebden with art by Eric Bradbury.
  • The General Dies At Dawn” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by John Cooper.
  • “Charley’s war” written by Pat Mills with art by Joe Colquhoun.
  • “Fighting Mann” written by Alan Hebden with art by Cam Kennedy.
  • “Death Squad” written by Mark Andrew with art by Eric Bradbury.

This book is highly recommended as an introduction to the golden era of British war comics. [ISBN-13: 978-1848560253]. 9/10

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[Charley’s War: 2 June – 1 August 1916] – (Pat Mills, Joe Colquhoun)
April 13, 2010, 4:06 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Charley's War, Joe Colquhoun, Pat Mills
I was a big reader of war comics as a child but I read “Warlord” and not “Battle” where Charley’s war was first published. I am also a big fan of Pat Mills as he penned some of my all time favorite comic strips such as Ro-busters and  ABC warriors. I decided to buy this hardback version of Charley’s war as Amazon.co.uk was selling them very cheaply. I particularly enjoyed the extras in the book with interviews, timelines, real history and background stories. The artwork is very faithful to the old comic book originals and as such fairly low tech but it fits the subject matter so well. The story is engaging and very though provoking especially as Pat Mills went through huge amounts of research to keep it authentic. I would even go as far as saying the book is moving in a way few comic strips can hope to achieve. Highly recommended. (ISBN-13: 978-1840236279). 8/10.


[Charley’s War: 17 October 1916 – 21 February 1917 (Hardcover)] – (Pat Mills, Joe Colquhoun)
April 4, 2010, 9:06 pm
Filed under: 9 stars, Charley's War, Joe Colquhoun, Pat Mills

Collects episodes 60-83 – The best book yet in the series. Truly riveting stuff that is hard to put down. Its not often a comic book moves me but this one did. Excellent art, story and great extras too. [ISBN-13: 978-1845762704] 9/10



[Charley’s War: 1 August – 17 October 1916 (Hardcover)] – (Pat Mills, Joe Colquhoun)
April 4, 2010, 9:03 pm
Filed under: 9 stars, Charley's War, Joe Colquhoun, Pat Mills

Collects episodes 30-59. Absolutely fantastic well written world war 1 story based around trench warfare. The artwork is top rate and the stories are much deeper than anything you expect from a comic. Extras are great too [ISBN-13: 978-1840239294] 9/10