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.
Last week, Titan announced the return of Johnny Red, the story of a British pilot drummed out of the RAF who decides to fight the Nazis alongside a squadron of Russian flyers. It's a pretty exciting bit of news, especially since the creative team assigned to launch Johnny back into the skies over Stalingrad consists of writer Garth Ennis and artist Keith Burns.
Now, it seems like Titan wants us to get even more excited about the project, and to that end, they've released a new trailer for the upcoming miniseries, giving us a look at the art from the first issue set to some very, very dramatic music.
I don't want to blow anybody's mind here, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Garth Ennis really, really enjoys writing war comics. I'm not sure what the tipoff was --- it might've been War Story or Punisher or Battler Britton or War Is Hell or all the stuff with the tank in Hitman --- but something about his comics have given me the idea that he has an affection for the genre, and the chops to back it up.
So I can't really say that it's a complete surprise that he's teaming up with artist Keith Burns and publisher Titan Comics to revive Johnny Red, the story of a British pilot fighting in the skies over Stalingrad in World War II, and if history --- both Ennis's and Stalingrad's --- is any indication, it's going to be pretty brutal.
It seems that there is nothing Hollywood has learned to love more over the past few years than adapting comic books as quirky crime procedurals, so it's always nice when they're starting with one that's already built on that premise. The latest to get the treatment: Michael Moreci and Keith Burns' ReincarNATE, which Deadline announced today as being in development as a one-hour crime drama.
Reincar(Nate), created by writer Michael Moreci and artist Keith Burns, isn't about being haunted by your past, but by your past lives. A 102-page, full-color graphic novel, Reincar(Nate) follows private eye Nate McCoy as he tracks down a missing girl, battles a crime lord and deals with a gunshot wound to the head, all with the help of an old west cowboy and a vegas hitman - older versions of himself he was reborn from that no one else can see...
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