The Comic Book Fools of April – The Adventures of the Rifle Brigade
Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!
Today we look at Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra’s Adventures in the Rifle Brigade.
It is quite possible that there is not a single comic book writer out there nowadays who is a bigger fan of war comics than the great Garth Ennis. So therefore, who better to do an over-the-top parody of war story cliches than Ennis?
And that is the heart of Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, which is expertly drawn by Carlos Ezquerra.
First off, Ennis gives us the ultimate collection of ridiculous stereotypes as the team…
Then he places them into ridiculous situations, like when they attempt to pass themselves off as German soldiers
In a brilliant sequence right before this, Ennis shows us a group of German soldiers hanging out talking about how much they have to live for and how they are looking forward to their lives past the war. Before the Rifle Brigade shoots them all, of course. Twisted stuff.
A recurring gag in the series is one of the members of the team keeps faking fatal wounds to get Darcy to do stuff like kiss him or more as the series progresses.
This first mini-series was 3 issues, followed by another 3 issue series soon after. This only gives you a glimpse of the madcap, bizarre nature of these stories. Definitely a blast for any fans of war comics or war films!
[NOTE: I featured this comic in the Year of Cool Comics – BC]