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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. 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. A tale of aerial warfare at its toughest, by writer Garth Ennis, artist P.J. Holden and cover artist Garry Leach!


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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. 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. A tale of aerial warfare at its toughest, by writer Garth Ennis, artist P.J. Holden and cover artist Garry Leach!

30 review for Battlefields, Volume 4: Happy Valley

  1. 5 out of 5

    Timo

    Goddamn Ennis has a skill to craft a story with characters one cares about.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Albert Yates

    another well done war story by Garth. I'm impressed with this series to this point, and I'm not a big fan of war stories. this volume stays in Europe and follows an Australian flight crew based in England. the characters are really well thought out, each with a unique trait that differentiates them from one another. the main crew are on their last crew missions when they're given a new pilot, fresh out of flight school. the only thing about art I didn't like, which was no fault of the artist, was another well done war story by Garth. I'm impressed with this series to this point, and I'm not a big fan of war stories. this volume stays in Europe and follows an Australian flight crew based in England. the characters are really well thought out, each with a unique trait that differentiates them from one another. the main crew are on their last crew missions when they're given a new pilot, fresh out of flight school. the only thing about art I didn't like, which was no fault of the artist, was that each character looked the same while they were I the plane with their mask and goggles on. that made the ending a little hard to follow and I found myself going backwards a few times to pick up some of the little details.

  3. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    The losses sustained in the field of battle are rarely irreplaceble, though the inexperienced recruits are viewed as not only cannon fodder, but liabilities that can get their squads killed. Friendly fire is just as bad and, in the chaos of battle, it's sometimes inevitable. Ken, the new Australian pilot, is rejected by his assigned squad, but orders are orders. Their first mission is successful in great part thanks to him, so they change their tune and he gains their trust. He dies saving the sq The losses sustained in the field of battle are rarely irreplaceble, though the inexperienced recruits are viewed as not only cannon fodder, but liabilities that can get their squads killed. Friendly fire is just as bad and, in the chaos of battle, it's sometimes inevitable. Ken, the new Australian pilot, is rejected by his assigned squad, but orders are orders. Their first mission is successful in great part thanks to him, so they change their tune and he gains their trust. He dies saving the squad on their last mission together.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    3.5*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    ok, clearly I am a sucker for the pilot stories. But also I definitely prefer the tight plotting of this, compared to the episodic The Tankies that preceded it. Another lovely bunch of unique and sympathetic characters here, with the added twist that although the setting is the European war theatre (2nd world war, if that's not obvious from the cover art), the bomber crew is Australian. How ridiculously sad am I that when they sing "Who'll go on ops in a Wimpey with me" I know they mean a Welling ok, clearly I am a sucker for the pilot stories. But also I definitely prefer the tight plotting of this, compared to the episodic The Tankies that preceded it. Another lovely bunch of unique and sympathetic characters here, with the added twist that although the setting is the European war theatre (2nd world war, if that's not obvious from the cover art), the bomber crew is Australian. How ridiculously sad am I that when they sing "Who'll go on ops in a Wimpey with me" I know they mean a Wellington?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mayank Agarwal

    Like the previous books Volume 4 is based during WW 2, it’s about an Australia bomber squad based out of UK. A new pilot joins a veteran crew who only have 3 missions left to complete their tour. Loved the story and the ending was amazing. The dark art was superb, went great with the night mission theme. My only complaint was the difficulty to understand the Australian lingo.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    The story of the Australian crew of a bomber serving in England during WWII. As always with Ennis's war stories, it has strong characters and a gritty view of war. It seems a little tighter and a little bit better put together than some of the other volumes in this series. My one big criticism was with the art. It sometimes had a bit of a cartoony style, which didn't fit the subject matter. The story of the Australian crew of a bomber serving in England during WWII. As always with Ennis's war stories, it has strong characters and a gritty view of war. It seems a little tighter and a little bit better put together than some of the other volumes in this series. My one big criticism was with the art. It sometimes had a bit of a cartoony style, which didn't fit the subject matter.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Luana

    More good Ennis war stuff, this time about the Australian Air Force bombing the Ruhr in late WWII. Despite my personal inability to connect emotionally to set pieces where people man battle stations in a war machine (such as a bomber or a submarine) without direct contact with an enemy, the drama works well.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mati

    WW II comixes are prone to the pathos, this one is no exception. However, it is nice to read. Young Australian pilot had to prove himself in front of his crew. He did in ultimate way.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sven McNiven

  11. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  12. 4 out of 5

    Edward Kaye

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anca

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  15. 5 out of 5

    Thaddeus Fortney

  16. 5 out of 5

    Berna Labourdette

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jay Vincent

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erich Orser

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Smith

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex Boivin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kjetil Hvilen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheese

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul W.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  28. 4 out of 5

    Manuel Alejandro

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elbosso

  30. 5 out of 5

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