Reading Pile: 1/28/13

The Grand Duke, Uncanny Avengers, Fury

The Grand Duke HC- A beautifully illustrated hardcover package from Archaia. Romain Hugault illustrated another WWII fighter pilot centric book called The Last Flight that came out a few years back, so if you’re into WWII dramas that focus heavily in aviation then you really should check both of them out. This title is sort of a Romeo-and-Juliet take that focuses on the careers of a Luftwaffe pilot and a female pilot from the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, otherwise known as the Night Witches. I’m generally fascinated on anything that touches on the Night Witches, so considering the combination of the history with some great artwork I was really looking forward to this book.  It’s a fairly engrossing story and the Romeo-and-Juliet description the book gives itself is sort of skimming the surface. That aspect doesn’t really develop till the end of the story and just barely at that, while the bulk of the book follows more of the politics and other relationships of the characters. Some of the dialogue is a little stiff in some parts, but I would assume that’s mostly the translation. So if you’re in the mood for a good war story you should really check this out. Just be aware that at no point does anything good happen to anyone, because even the somewhat ‘happy’ ending is plenty sad when you take into account some historical details. A-

Uncanny Avengers #3- John Cassaday draws a great Red Skull. It does suck that he will be leaving after the first story arc, although I don’t think anyone can claim to be surprised about that announcement. B

Fury: My War Gone By Vol 1 TP- Garth Ennis is comfortable with war stories and when he’s got a good pace and sense of direction you can really feel when he’s on his game. I enjoyed these as single issues but it is a much stronger story when you read them in one volume. A large part of that is no doubt due to Goran Parlov, who I have always enjoyed and who seems to have the perfect handle on Garth Ennis storytelling. Every facial expression perfectly complements the scripting, making this a great fluid piece of storytelling. I can understand why some readers may have abandoned ship towards the beginning of the series because it does focus heavily on politics, and in a single issue format that can seem to slow the pace down especially if you’re not interested in the historical aspects. Again though, it makes a big difference reading in this format and I found it to be well worth the second read through. A