Garth Ennis' 303Paperback
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- Publisher: Avatar Press
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 259mm x 8mm | 249g
- Publication date: 20 March 2007
- ISBN 10: 1592910378
- ISBN 13: 9781592910373
- Sales rank: 130,264
The ultimate soldier meets his destiny, in a tale from Garth Ennis, the creator of Preacher. A war-weary Russian sniper in Afghanistan faces British opposition in a pitched battle that drives him over the edge - and sees him bring the war from Afghanistan straight to America.
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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of The Boys, Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman and Judge Dredd. Jacen Burrows has worked with Garth Ennis (Chronicles of Wormwood, Crossed), Warren Ellis (Scars), and Alan Moore (The Courtyard, Neonomicon).
By 365 Graphic Novels 24 Apr 2012
I always forget that Garth Ennis' work has a slow start. This book is divided into two parts and I almost didn't make it to the second. If you can wade through the comic book equivalent of EastEnders then there is gold at the end of this rainbow.
You could dismiss this work as an anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-western polemic and it does come on strong but it is told in such a way you certainly see his point of view. You sympathise for those at the bottom of the heap crushed under the boot of our greed driven society. You also share more basic emotions such as grief and loss. All in all it's not what I expected but Mr Ennis did not let me down so persevere.
The art and more notably the colouring is fantastic. Amazing skies, breathtaking sunsets, sultry nights and daunting landscapes are all here. I don't think I have seen a more colourful book and it's not gratuitous. Thumbs Up and double thumbs up for the colourists!
By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008
"Combining elements from his previous comics, notably Punisher: Man of Stone and the gritty Western parts of Preacher, 303 revolves around a hard-bitten Russian Colonel who makes a shocking discovery while on a spec ops mission in Afghanistan. After coming up against both British and US special forces, his journey leads him to the Texan-Mexican border and a confrontation with another 'true soldier', a sheriff mourning the loss of his wife.
As this is a Garth Ennis work, expect the usual lashings of foul language and ultra-violence. He has always been fascinated by war, and now he has the War on Terror to let him philosophize as well as entertain. Taxing questions are asked throughout: what is the cost of colonising new lands purely for the profits of the rich? How much blood has been spilled for the sake of the privileged few who send off ordinary men to die for them?
That's not so say 303 is heavy-handed; any political comment takes a back seat to the highly entertaining rampage of our merciless anti-hero, alone in the world save for the aged rifle slung over his shoulder and the demons in his head."