Monday, July 19, 2010

Yer aht of ordah!

Actually, I guess as an American, I'd be "Gahd Dammit!"

Adventures in the Rifle Brigade isn't my favorite Garth Ennis book; hell, it's probably not even in the top ten. That's not to say it doesn't have it's moments. A spoof of World War II action movies and comics, AitRB is vulgar, violent, and possibly a bit homophobic. There's more than a few gay-jokes, but you'd have to decide for yourself whether they're any more inappropriate than any of the others, and the allegedly, probably gay character is never portrayed as incompetent.

That said, even though this is a spoof, most of the characters aren't fleshed out. Most of the Brigade has a single phrase of dialog, like "Ey-oop!" To be fair, that's not too far removed from the stock characters of your average war comic or movie. And I laughed at the above bit, where the Brigade dispatches a band of German soldiers (who were thinking about deserting at the time...) then dresses up in their blood-soaked uniforms as 'disguise.'

The Nazis are the usual stereotypical baddies, although I liked the skirt-chasing (to be polite) tank commander, who has a few good lines. Again, not my favorite of Ennis's, but still, not bad. From Adventures in the Rifle Brigade #1, "Once More Unto the Breach" Written by Garth Ennis, art by Carlos Ezquerra.

1 comment:

SallyP said...

Heh. I do have this, and I must admit that I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's awfully silly, but I guess, that's the point.