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Introducing all three acclaimed Garth Ennis Battlefields books from Volume Two of the series in one massive, hardcover collected edition Battlefields: Happy Valley - England, January 1942: young Australian Ken Harding arrives at his first operational squadron, keen to play his part in the aerial attack on Germany as the commander of a bomber crew. Losses have been high and Introducing all three acclaimed Garth Ennis Battlefields books from Volume Two of the series in one massive, hardcover collected edition Battlefields: Happy Valley - England, January 1942: young Australian Ken Harding arrives at his first operational squadron, keen to play his part in the aerial attack on Germany as the commander of a bomber crew. Losses have been high and life expectancy is low, but Ken remains undaunted - until he meets his crew, a foulmouthed, battle-hardened bunch with no time for new boys who can't stand the pace. Together, they must take the war to the enemy over the most heavily-defended region of the Third Reich- the industrial heartland of the Ruhr, known to the men who face the flak and nightfighters as Happy Valley. Battlefields: Firefly & His Majesty - The Tankies' Sergeant Stiles returns, recently promoted and angrier than ever He's got a new crew and a new tank - a Sherman Firefly with a high-velocity gun capable of taking out even the fearsome German Tiger. Too bad the enemy have a new tank of their own - the mighty King Tiger, with twice the armor and firepower of the original Battlefields: Motherland - Lieutenant Anna Kharkova is posted to single-seat fighter aircraft and sent straight into action. Hardened and embittered by the loss of her comrades, Anna is only too keen to get her teeth into the enemy- but with Russian and German armies about to collide in the titanic battle of Kursk, her first flight with her new squadron may well be her last


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Introducing all three acclaimed Garth Ennis Battlefields books from Volume Two of the series in one massive, hardcover collected edition Battlefields: Happy Valley - England, January 1942: young Australian Ken Harding arrives at his first operational squadron, keen to play his part in the aerial attack on Germany as the commander of a bomber crew. Losses have been high and Introducing all three acclaimed Garth Ennis Battlefields books from Volume Two of the series in one massive, hardcover collected edition Battlefields: Happy Valley - England, January 1942: young Australian Ken Harding arrives at his first operational squadron, keen to play his part in the aerial attack on Germany as the commander of a bomber crew. Losses have been high and life expectancy is low, but Ken remains undaunted - until he meets his crew, a foulmouthed, battle-hardened bunch with no time for new boys who can't stand the pace. Together, they must take the war to the enemy over the most heavily-defended region of the Third Reich- the industrial heartland of the Ruhr, known to the men who face the flak and nightfighters as Happy Valley. Battlefields: Firefly & His Majesty - The Tankies' Sergeant Stiles returns, recently promoted and angrier than ever He's got a new crew and a new tank - a Sherman Firefly with a high-velocity gun capable of taking out even the fearsome German Tiger. Too bad the enemy have a new tank of their own - the mighty King Tiger, with twice the armor and firepower of the original Battlefields: Motherland - Lieutenant Anna Kharkova is posted to single-seat fighter aircraft and sent straight into action. Hardened and embittered by the loss of her comrades, Anna is only too keen to get her teeth into the enemy- but with Russian and German armies about to collide in the titanic battle of Kursk, her first flight with her new squadron may well be her last

30 review for The Complete Battlefields, Volume Two

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheese

    Another great Volume. There is some great information at the end of the book from Ennis giving thanks to the researchers and advising that all the stories and characters are based on real life stories. It's very interesting the effort they've gone to and it shows in the stories. My favourite story in this deluxe Volume is when they introduce the Ozzies! The amount of swearing is hilarious and the stereotypes of the English are hilarious. Great book. Another great Volume. There is some great information at the end of the book from Ennis giving thanks to the researchers and advising that all the stories and characters are based on real life stories. It's very interesting the effort they've gone to and it shows in the stories. My favourite story in this deluxe Volume is when they introduce the Ozzies! The amount of swearing is hilarious and the stereotypes of the English are hilarious. Great book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Reading a book of Garth Ennis World War II stories is one of my great pleasures, and this volume may feature his peak work in the genre.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ensley

    Garth Ennis, who grew up reading not only DC's war comics, but the fantastic British weekly Battle Action, is one of the very few writers still producing war comics today. Ennis brings a deep knowledge of the Second World War to his work in Dynamite's Battlefields series, each volume collecting three, 3-book mini-series. Though Ennis had me in Vol. 1 with his creation of the "Night Witch" Anna Kharkova, based upon the real life female Soviet fliers who demonstrated seemingly insane bravery again Garth Ennis, who grew up reading not only DC's war comics, but the fantastic British weekly Battle Action, is one of the very few writers still producing war comics today. Ennis brings a deep knowledge of the Second World War to his work in Dynamite's Battlefields series, each volume collecting three, 3-book mini-series. Though Ennis had me in Vol. 1 with his creation of the "Night Witch" Anna Kharkova, based upon the real life female Soviet fliers who demonstrated seemingly insane bravery against the German invaders, I decided to review, and rate higher, Vol. 2 because of the story "Happy Valley," about an Australian pilot and crew of a Vickers Wellington bomber engaged in nighttime bombing over the German industrial heartland in the Rhur Valley, nicknamed "Happy Valley," by the bomber crews who had to fly into the hellish mix of flack and night-fighters night after night. Ennis crafts an edge-of-your-seat tense story, that is almost a little too real, and in so doing reveals the power and promise of war comics as a genre and art form.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    Ennis and war equals classic storytelling

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    An interesting collection of WWII comics. The first tale dealt with Russian female fighter pilots, the second had an Australian in British bomber unit over Germany while the third had Sgt. Stiles leading a Sherman Firefly on the hunt for a King Tiger. Interesting stores with sources listed in the back. Not a bad read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Terry Murphy

    Possibly a better volume than the first, partially due to the bear complete absence of Ennis' more puerile sense of humour and occasional misogyny. The three tales are exciting and inviting and Ennis plainly has a deep respect for the men and women whose stories he profiles. The art for each book is rich, and allows for enough for the eye to pull out it's own details without being overly stylized or crowded. A genuinely great read, and well worth the time and money. Possibly a better volume than the first, partially due to the bear complete absence of Ennis' more puerile sense of humour and occasional misogyny. The three tales are exciting and inviting and Ennis plainly has a deep respect for the men and women whose stories he profiles. The art for each book is rich, and allows for enough for the eye to pull out it's own details without being overly stylized or crowded. A genuinely great read, and well worth the time and money.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    Love these books. Not because they are happy stories but because the connect the stories I have read with pictures and a mood that makes it more real! Recommended

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    More excellence from Ennis and company. Two of the three stories here follow two stories from the first volume, about Russian aviator Anna Kharkova and British tank commander Sergeant Stiles, respectively. The former is my favorite in this collection. It’s much less brutal than the first outing, but an excellent character piece as Anna, weary from her Night Witches days, must decide whether to go it alone or fight alongside her comrades. The Sergeant Stiles story pits the tank crew against Nazi More excellence from Ennis and company. Two of the three stories here follow two stories from the first volume, about Russian aviator Anna Kharkova and British tank commander Sergeant Stiles, respectively. The former is my favorite in this collection. It’s much less brutal than the first outing, but an excellent character piece as Anna, weary from her Night Witches days, must decide whether to go it alone or fight alongside her comrades. The Sergeant Stiles story pits the tank crew against Nazi Tigers just as the war is ending. I loved learning more about why Stiles is the way he is. The tank engagements are tense and exciting, especially that last one. Russ Bruan and Carlos Ezquerra continue strong on art duties. “Happy Valley” rounds out the book. Here, we witness a novice pilot struggle to survive and make himself at home in an Australian bomber crew. There’s some great dialogue and drama in this story, and the ending is very powerful. Unfortunately, it's brought down by shoddy inking and coloring. All in all, though, another stellar volume.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ***Dave Hill

    The second collection volume of Ennis' brilliant and deeply researched look at World War II and the pain, heroism, madness, camaraderie, and violence of the people fighting the last "good" war. Story arcs include a sequel to "The Night Witches," about female Soviet pilots; life as an RAF bomber pilot; and another Tankies story where Sergeant Stiles must use his new Sherman Firefly against one of the last of the King Tigers. Like anything by Ennis it's foul-mouthed and bloody, but it has a verisi The second collection volume of Ennis' brilliant and deeply researched look at World War II and the pain, heroism, madness, camaraderie, and violence of the people fighting the last "good" war. Story arcs include a sequel to "The Night Witches," about female Soviet pilots; life as an RAF bomber pilot; and another Tankies story where Sergeant Stiles must use his new Sherman Firefly against one of the last of the King Tigers. Like anything by Ennis it's foul-mouthed and bloody, but it has a verisimilitude that's both damning and inspiring.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    Just short of 5 star, but definitely among the best comics I have read. I haven't read any war comics before (other than 2000AD SF/horror sub-genre stuff) so can't really compare it properly. The gritty realism in all of the stories stopped me from getting caught up in the heroes - while not being history, the tales aren't fantasy either. Just short of 5 star, but definitely among the best comics I have read. I haven't read any war comics before (other than 2000AD SF/horror sub-genre stuff) so can't really compare it properly. The gritty realism in all of the stories stopped me from getting caught up in the heroes - while not being history, the tales aren't fantasy either.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joey Heflich

    Love Anna Kharkova. Good writing, good art, horrifying portrayal of war.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma Richler

    cool.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David

  14. 5 out of 5

    Majorarcana

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    Sue

  16. 5 out of 5

    L J Field

  17. 5 out of 5

    Smith

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ciaran Bourke

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Puzak

  21. 4 out of 5

    Noel Rogers

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chaynor Hsiao

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

  24. 4 out of 5

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    Jas

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeroen Lijzenga

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Peloquin

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    Simon

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