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Legendary British comics character Johnny 'Red' Redburn returns once more as commander of the Falcons - a Russian fighter squadron battling the Nazis in the skies over Stalingrad - in this all new series by legendary comics writer Garth Ennis. An exciting war-time story with beautiful artwork by Keith Burns, who was recently inducted into the RAF Guild of Aviation Artists. Legendary British comics character Johnny 'Red' Redburn returns once more as commander of the Falcons - a Russian fighter squadron battling the Nazis in the skies over Stalingrad - in this all new series by legendary comics writer Garth Ennis. An exciting war-time story with beautiful artwork by Keith Burns, who was recently inducted into the RAF Guild of Aviation Artists.


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Legendary British comics character Johnny 'Red' Redburn returns once more as commander of the Falcons - a Russian fighter squadron battling the Nazis in the skies over Stalingrad - in this all new series by legendary comics writer Garth Ennis. An exciting war-time story with beautiful artwork by Keith Burns, who was recently inducted into the RAF Guild of Aviation Artists. Legendary British comics character Johnny 'Red' Redburn returns once more as commander of the Falcons - a Russian fighter squadron battling the Nazis in the skies over Stalingrad - in this all new series by legendary comics writer Garth Ennis. An exciting war-time story with beautiful artwork by Keith Burns, who was recently inducted into the RAF Guild of Aviation Artists.

30 review for Johnny Red: The Hurricane

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Garth Ennis revives an old British war comic in Johnny Red. Johnny has gotten himself stuck in Russia and is leading the Falcons and Night Witches in the support and defense of Stalingrad in some of the worst fighting in all of WWII. When the rest of his squadron is sent on a secret mission, Johnny recognizes something is off and heads out after his boys. This is where the plot gets really interesting. Ennis pulls out all of the stops here in an ingenious idea for a war comic. I won't get into i Garth Ennis revives an old British war comic in Johnny Red. Johnny has gotten himself stuck in Russia and is leading the Falcons and Night Witches in the support and defense of Stalingrad in some of the worst fighting in all of WWII. When the rest of his squadron is sent on a secret mission, Johnny recognizes something is off and heads out after his boys. This is where the plot gets really interesting. Ennis pulls out all of the stops here in an ingenious idea for a war comic. I won't get into it anymore so as not ruin anything. I'll just say the second half of this book was brilliant.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I usually love Garth Ennis WWII stories, but this one fell flat for me, maybe because it is based on an old British comic book series I've never heard of or because the concept of a English expatriate leading a Russian fighter squadron during the Siege of Stalingrad seems farfetched. Ennis pumps it full of authenticity but the overly-complex plot still comes off as a lost adventure of DC's Blackhawks. It doesn't help that the book features the Russian Night Witches, female bomber pilots, about wh I usually love Garth Ennis WWII stories, but this one fell flat for me, maybe because it is based on an old British comic book series I've never heard of or because the concept of a English expatriate leading a Russian fighter squadron during the Siege of Stalingrad seems farfetched. Ennis pumps it full of authenticity but the overly-complex plot still comes off as a lost adventure of DC's Blackhawks. It doesn't help that the book features the Russian Night Witches, female bomber pilots, about which Ennis has already written a much. superior series of tales. Go find those books instead. Finally, there is a modern-day framing sequence that has a tech billionaire researching Johnny's plane, and while it is supposed to give the audience a voice about the respect we should be showing our veterans, the structure is silly with predictable twists.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    Johnny Red is a WW2 flying ace, an intrepid British fighter pilot leading a squadron of stalwart Soviets in the defense of Stalingrad against the Nazi menace. Outnumbered and outgunned, Johnny Red always completes his mission. This was an odd experience. I very much liked every component of The Hurricane: the detailed, wintry illustrations, the excellent conversational dialogue, the general thrust of the plot... But I'm ambivalent about the whole. I was just plain bored through the first half of Johnny Red is a WW2 flying ace, an intrepid British fighter pilot leading a squadron of stalwart Soviets in the defense of Stalingrad against the Nazi menace. Outnumbered and outgunned, Johnny Red always completes his mission. This was an odd experience. I very much liked every component of The Hurricane: the detailed, wintry illustrations, the excellent conversational dialogue, the general thrust of the plot... But I'm ambivalent about the whole. I was just plain bored through the first half of the book, and while the second half gained focus and captured my interest, it still left me feeling like I'd finished a slog. Maybe I just didn't like the wrapper, in which a dot com millionaire learns the story of Johnny Red while restoring an old Hurricane fighter plane. Or maybe my friend was right when he called this book "overwritten".

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zardoz

    Not your typical Ennis Graphic novel. Interesting plot involving an English pilot serving in Russia during the siege of Stalingrad. Ennis is known for his graphic almost taboo breaking ideas, sadly this was a the PG version.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Ennis takes on the classic* comic in which a rogue British Hurricane pilot fights uneasily alongside the Soviet air force in the Second World War, forming an unshakeable bond with his misfit squadron even as he butts heads with the monstrous system at their backs. It's as thoroughly researched as any Ennis war comic, though the plot takes a surprising turn away from the generally acknowledged facts of history which I don't necessarily expect from him - still, it's one that works, and even makes Ennis takes on the classic* comic in which a rogue British Hurricane pilot fights uneasily alongside the Soviet air force in the Second World War, forming an unshakeable bond with his misfit squadron even as he butts heads with the monstrous system at their backs. It's as thoroughly researched as any Ennis war comic, though the plot takes a surprising turn away from the generally acknowledged facts of history which I don't necessarily expect from him - still, it's one that works, and even makes a terrible kind of sense. Burns' art has just the right grubby nobility, and I don't mind admitting the conclusion brought a tear to my eye. *Though I never really got on with it myself - the terrible lettering really emphasised the clunkiness of the scripts, meant I couldn't glide over them like I could in otherwise similar series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Pretty cool war book, and it looks at the Eastern front of World War II--an area of history completely ignored by the general American public, so it's really fresh material--and featuring an old English comics character. Good action, enough detail to be plenty realistic and real, human characters. The equation doesn't vary enough for those elements to result in anything less than a good comic. Pretty cool war book, and it looks at the Eastern front of World War II--an area of history completely ignored by the general American public, so it's really fresh material--and featuring an old English comics character. Good action, enough detail to be plenty realistic and real, human characters. The equation doesn't vary enough for those elements to result in anything less than a good comic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ramon

    Great book. One of Ennis' best war books, and that's saying something. He clearly has a love for this character; it shows. The plot is one of his strongest yet, and damn if I didn't think every few pages how this would be an amazing movie or mini-series. He's got a great partner in Keith Burns, who obviously has a love for the genre. I'm glad they're planning on making more. Great book. One of Ennis' best war books, and that's saying something. He clearly has a love for this character; it shows. The plot is one of his strongest yet, and damn if I didn't think every few pages how this would be an amazing movie or mini-series. He's got a great partner in Keith Burns, who obviously has a love for the genre. I'm glad they're planning on making more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Druss

    An excellent read. Plenty of action and excellent pictures

  9. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    This comic uses some of the themes from Garth's War Stories: the catapulted fighters, the Night Witches. Sadly, it's not funny or engaging, it doesn't have anything to make you like the characters and root for them. It has no heart. Even Hitler's presence is less impressive than you would expect. Oops, spoiler. Whatever. Tony Iverson wants to restore a badly damaged Hurricane fighter plane. The mechanic hired to restore the fighter has some information about it from RAF records and a Russian name This comic uses some of the themes from Garth's War Stories: the catapulted fighters, the Night Witches. Sadly, it's not funny or engaging, it doesn't have anything to make you like the characters and root for them. It has no heart. Even Hitler's presence is less impressive than you would expect. Oops, spoiler. Whatever. Tony Iverson wants to restore a badly damaged Hurricane fighter plane. The mechanic hired to restore the fighter has some information about it from RAF records and a Russian named Rodimitz has more from when he worked as a mechanic on that very craft during the war. And he personally met one of the most skilled pilots ever, a Brit they called Johnny Red. Johnny was a disgraced British pilot who ended up on the Russian front where he joined the Falcon squadron. Given his success during missions he raised the morale of his wingmen and was voted squadron leader. The squadron's success didn't go unnoticed when the NKVD took an interest. Falcon sqyadron was assigned a new task deep behind enemy lines, but Johnny was booted for not being Russian. Still, he didn't stand idly by when there were still krauts to put in the ground. (view spoiler)[Johnny's exclusion obviously upset his men. Their performance, together with that of the Night Witches they must protect, dropped and they sustained heavy casualties. Johnny and his Night Witch lover Nina Petrova planned a daring mission based on secret orders they stole from the NKVD officers. The documents revealed a location where the Germans built an airport filled to the brim with supplies. Johnny flew there and encountered the Fuhrer himself, but German soldiers extracted the latter before Johnny could act. Hitler's presence there was a well-kept secret - he and Stalin signed Russia's surrender to Germany. The documents were part of a confusing Russian ruse that I could barely follow. Johnny wanted to use them to blackmail the NKVD since they could destroy Stalin's leadership instantly. His friends convince him to destroy it instead and fight on for the motherland. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Johnny Red is a classic British comics character, a discharged RAF cadet who flies a stolen plane to Russia where he serves with a group of Russian pilots for the remainder of the war. Those pilots make up Falcon Squadron, with whom Johnny forges a strong bond as he leads them on Eastern Front missions. Ennis and Burns’ reboot of the character is terrific. They craft a rather brilliant story where Falcon Squadron is sent on a secret mission without Johnny, leaving the Brit to investigate. What f Johnny Red is a classic British comics character, a discharged RAF cadet who flies a stolen plane to Russia where he serves with a group of Russian pilots for the remainder of the war. Those pilots make up Falcon Squadron, with whom Johnny forges a strong bond as he leads them on Eastern Front missions. Ennis and Burns’ reboot of the character is terrific. They craft a rather brilliant story where Falcon Squadron is sent on a secret mission without Johnny, leaving the Brit to investigate. What follows is tense war espionage that explores nobility and authority. Ennis knocks this one out of the park. The dialogue and emotions soar, and the pacing is totally on point - the reveal halfway through made me audibly gasp. Burns’ sketchy, rugged art suits the story quite well, his dogfight scenes standing out in particular (he's an aviation artist by trade). The way he draws the squadron makes their camaraderie believable, too. Another fantastic war comic by Garth Ennis. Not to be missed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nigel

    I feckin loved Johnny Red, the tough British fighter pilot in the Russian squadron at mauling edge of the Eastern Front, fighting every day to survive the best efforts of both the Germans and the Russian armies to kill them, a classic war comic set-up of plucky warriors surviving the guns of the enemy and the schemes of their own officers with ingenuity and determination. If there was a wish list for the writers you'd want to get to handle the loving restoration of an old war-horse like that, it I feckin loved Johnny Red, the tough British fighter pilot in the Russian squadron at mauling edge of the Eastern Front, fighting every day to survive the best efforts of both the Germans and the Russian armies to kill them, a classic war comic set-up of plucky warriors surviving the guns of the enemy and the schemes of their own officers with ingenuity and determination. If there was a wish list for the writers you'd want to get to handle the loving restoration of an old war-horse like that, it was probably exactly one name long, and they got him: Garth Ennis, none better with his in-depth knowledge and over-riding affection for grunts doing their best to get through the grim brutality and horror of it all with body and soul intact. So Johnny Red takes to the sky once more, irrepressible and unbeatable, with all the stalwarts of Falcon Squadron bringing death to the Nazis.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    I really enjoyed this graphic novel which brings back to life the character of Johnny 'Red' Redburn, who originally featured in Battle Picture Weekly. Unwanted by the British after striking his commanding officer, Johnny Red finds himself commanding the Falcon squadron, a ragtag bunch of Russian fighter pilots. Flying in his trusty Hurricane, he must lead them into battle against the odds, time and time again. The aerial battle scenes here were incredibly done, keeping you on the edge of your seat I really enjoyed this graphic novel which brings back to life the character of Johnny 'Red' Redburn, who originally featured in Battle Picture Weekly. Unwanted by the British after striking his commanding officer, Johnny Red finds himself commanding the Falcon squadron, a ragtag bunch of Russian fighter pilots. Flying in his trusty Hurricane, he must lead them into battle against the odds, time and time again. The aerial battle scenes here were incredibly done, keeping you on the edge of your seat, whilst the story twists and turns enough to keep you fully engaged. I believe Titan have also published the original stories from Battle Picture Weekly and I think I will be keeping an eye out for them to see how this stands up alongside them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    So good. Anything by Ennis is good but I especially enjoy his world war 2 work. This did not disappoint.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rob Jolly

    Great revision of a classic storyline from my youth - would be great to see a few more in this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richard Estep

    Staggeringly good, one of the best Garth Ennis stories I have ever read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mumsa

    Ottimo questo libro a fumetti di Ennis e Burns. Ben scritto, ottimamente narrato per immagini, non posso che consigliarlo a chiunque ami le storie di guerra (ma anche no) e le belle storie.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    A fresh update of 60/70s British war comics (Battle, Commando, War Picture Library, etc.) with a charming hero in a charming plane

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robbie Corrigan

    Blast from the past Fantastic return to the world of Johnny Red. Grew up reading the series in the 80s with Battle and the storyline / graphics brought me back completely. Be aware, you might want to start reading at a reasonable hour as you will not be able to put down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tomasz Galoch

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chad Jordahl

  21. 4 out of 5

    Simone_Del_Vecchio

  22. 5 out of 5

    Milan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aaron McBride

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hugo Morgado

  25. 4 out of 5

    Will M

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alonzo

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dirk Heinz

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dave

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