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#36 [Mar. 30th, 2010|08:39 pm]

100 COMICS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE (or grow out of them)

#36 DEFF SKWADRON – Gordon Rennie, Paul Jeacock
(Black Library)

“Fact is, we just wanted to watch them smug gitz get blown to pieces.”

In classic World War II fighter-pilot movies like The Dambusters the heroes are stiff-upper-lipped Brits who keep the Union Jack flying, their chins high and their moustaches waxed while they’re battling Gerry. Deff Skwadron updates those movies to a science-fiction setting where the Brits are replaced by brutes; savage Orks with all the chivalry, breeding and manners of cavemen.

In the never-ending war between the Ork clans of Badthug and Grimlug, Deff Skwadron do their part for Badthug in rusting planes that only have three speeds: stop, fast and ‘Waaagh!’ They consider flying slower than ‘Waaagh!’ to be an act of cowardice. Their guns are designed to carry unfeasibly large bullets and to make as loud a DAKKA noise as possible; accuracy is a tertiary consideration, if that. The dogfights are chaotic, sketchy swirls of ink where engine parts and limbs fly through the air like confetti at a wedding.

The Orks of Deff Skwadron aren’t above taking aim at their brothers in the rival skwadrons of Kannibal and Karnage, in fact it’s encouraged. Other valid tactics include using vicious animals as live ammunition. The use of parachutes, however, is frowned on. Deff Skwadron presents war stripped of any of the niceties of the movies, while also taking away concepts like honour, noble self-sacrifice and grammar. The real thing is probably closer to Deff Skwadron than we’d like to believe, but that’s not to suggest this comic is an anti-war polemic. The real joy of it is that it’s just a comic about watching them smug gitz get blown to pieces.

[User Picture]From: jackrivet
2010-03-30 06:28 pm (UTC)
Reading a PDF online.

Listening to Bolt Thrower.

Funnily enough I've been thinking a lot about British Comics and British Comic Writing, and this seems to have a bunch of the elements that I love in there.
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[User Picture]From: jody_macgregor
2010-03-31 01:07 am (UTC)
It's a bit like distilled 2000AD, which makes sense given that's Rennie's pedigree and where a chunk of 40K's influence came from.
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