There are a lot of good reasons to be excited about Johnny Red. For one thing, Garth Ennis writing a war comic has been a pretty solid bet for about two decades now, and Keith Burns' brutal, gritty art makes a perfect fit for a story of dogfights over Stalingrad. Beyond that, though, there's also the idea of resurrecting an action-packed character from the history of British comics for a modern audience, and the hook of seeing a story about a British airman flying for Russia during World War II.

If, however, you still need more convincing, then read on! With the fist issue set to hit shelves next week, Titan has shared a preview, complete with Carlos Ezquerra's variant cover for the first issue. Check it out below!

 

 

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It's only included in the first few panels of the preview pages, but the full issue has a really interesting framing sequence that allows Ennis and Burns to front-load a whole lot of historical detail, and explain just how strange Johnny's story really is. It's definitely worth checking out. Here's Titan's official solicitation:

 

JOHNNY RED #1 (OF 8)
WRITER: Garth Ennis
ARTIST: Keith Burns
COVERS BY: Keith Burns, Carlos Ezquerra
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGE-COUNT: 32PP
PRICE: $3.99
ON SALE: November 4
ORDER CODE: SEP151621
Legendary British fighter ace, Johnny 'Red' Redburn, returns once more as the commander of the Falcons – a Russian fighter squadron battling the Nazis in the skies over Stalingrad. But dogfighting Messerschmitts is about to become the least of his troubles when the NVKD – the notorious Soviet secret police – come calling!
Johnny Red #1 comes with 3 covers to collect!