Script: Keith Richardson
Art: Patrick Goddard
Colour: Quinton Winter
Letters: Jim Campbell
Regular Cover: Patrick Goddard and Quinton Winter
Variant Cover: Carlos Ezquerra
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing
On sale in newsagents and comic shops across the UK now
The Book: The concluding issue of the US-format mini-series based on the acclaimed computer game series, and the mission nears its climax, – but who are the special guests no-one expected?
Set during the darkest days of World War Two, Allied Special Operations Executive hero Karl Fairburne parachutes into the town of Angouleme in Occupied France in a bid to stop the shipment of a new German anti-aircraft weapon – the situation is more complex, and dangerous, than he could ever have imagined.
The variant edition of the concluding issue of this US format mini series – available through comic shops – includes the last cover by comics legend Carlos Ezquerra, who died on 1st October, featuring the characters one of his greatest strips – “Rat Pack” for Battle Picture Weekly.
The Review: We trailed the whole series of Sniper Elite – Resistance some time back, and reviewed #1 here, but it doesn’t seem that long ago, given the break neck speed of this wartime adventure. Picking up right from where #2 left off, with Karl and his Rat Pack allies on the run and one of his Nazi adversaries dead – only to be replaced by another – this finale successfully blends the aesthetics of the hugely-popular first person shooter game with an affectionate, although bloody tip of the hat to many a classic British war comic.
Unlike Rebellion’s The Vigilant, which had a huge cast, Sniper Elite has had the benefit of focusing on just one character, anti-hero Karl Fairburne, playing a final card in #3 with a guest star appearance of “Rat Pack” from Battle Picture Weekly, a series that ran from its very first issue in early 1975 until mid 1980.
If you’re familiar with the strip, the work of a number of creators, but perhaps most associated with artist Carlos Ezquerra and father and son writers Eric and Alan Hebden, then I think you’ll enjoy this new adventure. There’s not much time for little more than a quick character line or two for these criminal Commandos, led by long-suffering Major Taggart, but the dialogue they do get is on the money and captures each of them perfectly. For those unfamiliar, they’re a rough round the edges troop, and I’m sure some US readers may simply enjoy a homage to The Dirty Dozen.
Patrick Goddard, best known for his work on 2000AD’s “Invasion”, is really in his element on this book, and while I felt #2 sagged a little, the finale certainly doesn’t, delivering action aplenty, capturing the sacrifice made to save the day with style – and delivering a cracking finale worthy of Battle, Commando and many an American war comic, too.
Offering a terrific romp of a tale, this for the most part, a is a terrific, no nonsense, action adventure with all the trappings that description brings with it. No-one picking up Sniper Elite – Resistance is expecting, I’d hope, anything more than gun fights and wartime combat, but we did get a little more than that, too – and I hope this will be just the start of a successful Battle-inspired brand for Rebellion.
• Sniper Elite: Resistance #3 is on sale in newsagents and comic shops across the UK now
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