First Look: @DarkHorseComics Review of Garth Ennis’ World of Tanks #1

First Look at World of Tanks #1 by Garth Ennis

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Garth Ennis (Preacher, Hellblazer) joins Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog) to create a tense war story inspired by the massively popular (over 110 million players!) online game World of Tanks. An untested British crew inadvertently commands an unconventional Cromwell tank into France while hunted by a hardened German panzer unit.

World of tanks was developed by Belarusian-Cypriot company Wargaming, which features an early to mid-20th century era fighting vehicles. The game is built on the freemium platform and is free to play.  The focus of the game is to allow each player to control an armored vehicle, such as a light, medium or heavy tank, tank destroyer, or self-propelled gun.

Now Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra take us deeper into the World of Tanks. Now before I jump into my thoughts of World of Tanks I have read several books from Garth Ennis and he can typically be a little brutal with his storytelling with the use of violence and what a great place to go on a ride with Ellis into World War Two.


The story begins on the beach of Normandy on the 6th of July 1944, and the English have joined the allies already fighting. These group has been training for the last two years and seem to have a particular job they must handle. On their travels, they see the destruction that has been dealt out towards both sides of the war.

As a first issue, I was left unimpressed. Yes, we get a little introduction to both parties England & Germany, but I had a hard time connecting to the characters of both sides. I also had an issue with the writing when it came to the vocabulary of the Germans and some of the words used did not come across as very German to me. For the German officer in charge, he uses terms such as Arse, Bugger and Duffer and another soldier used the word bloke. With terms such as these, the accent switched from German to English and kept taking me out of the story.

On the other hand, I enjoyed the art by Carlos Ezquerra who has worked with Ennis before on many books.

World of Tanks #1 Written by Garth Ennis Art by Carlos Ezquerra Colors by Michael Atiyeh and Cover by Isaac Hannaford will be ON THE SHELF August 31st.

I know more is to come, and we will see where the story takes us, but I could not get past the language issues, and I am not sure if I will move forward, but that does not mean you should not give it a try. I would love to hear your thoughts on World of Tanks #1 in the comment section below.

Thanks To: Dark Horse Comics

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