Review: Dear Billy

Garth Ennis is back!  Dear Billy, the second story from his Battlefields project is his best work in years.  Not that he’s been producing bad comics in the mean time, I don’t think he’s actually capable of that, but with the exception of some of his Punisher issues some of the magic has been missing.  

Which brings me to the epistolary tale of Carrie Sutton, a British nurse working in the Pacific theater during World War II.  When the story begins she is introduced as the lone survivor of an atrocity committed by the Japanese forces.  Over the course of three issues she finds love as well as the chance to get revenge on her tormentors.  

This is a surprisingly brutal story, possibly the bleakest book Ennis has ever produced, which is saying something.  And he is helped enormously by one of his semi-regular collaborators, Peter Snejbjerg’s whose style is a perfect match for the range this story requires.  He is able to capture quiet character moments and vivid scenes of war with equal skill making for a very nice looking book.

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