The GeeksverseOperation: Broken Wings, 1936 #1

Operation: Broken Wings, 1936 #1
Published on Thursday, November 10, 2011 by

Published by: Boom! Studios
Written by: Herik Hanna w/ Edward Gauvin (translation)
Art by: Trevor Hairsine
Colored by: Sebastien Lamirand
Lettered by: Deron Bennett
Cover Art: Trevor Hairsine w/ Sebastien Lamirand
Assistant Editor: Eric Harburn
Editor: Dafna Pleban

This is an interesting book. It stars a Major in the German Army. He’s an assassin and what today is called a “black ops” operative. We’re not given a name, just the rank. Hanna’s story is interesting because we can’t quite get a read on the Major. The story opens with a deal gone bad and it’s only later that we learn he wasn’t there in an official capacity. The Major is involved in some kind of spy operation, but is it against the Germans or for the Germans? It’s hard to figure it out and that’s the strength of the issue.

Hanna’s script provides enough clues in both directions that it becomes an intriguing mystery, trying to figure out the motives of this man. He’s a lifelong soldier, seems a patriot, but also says that the entire German Army will learn that they’re no longer on the same side. He keeps two apartments, one for show. He talks about a charade. It seems he’s working against the Germans but he also seems willing to carry out the missions they give him.

We don’t learn much about the Major, but we do get an important flashback and there’s enough given in the dialogue to form a picture of him. He seems to be a patriot that has seen the dark side. But at the same time, that seems too obvious. The story seems like it will have a couple of twists before it’s all said and done.

The only real negative to the story is the density of the script. It’s very wordy. Hanna uses text to describe what is happening in the art. With an artist of Hairsine’s caliber that shouldn’t be happening. Overall Hanna’s script is solid, if wordy. He does a good job of never naming the Major, but not making it seem odd that no one ever speaks his name, even his longtime friend. Hanna also does good describing Germany of 1936, when Hitler was rising to power and before the War started.

Hairsine’s art helps capture that mood perfectly. I think this was an earlier work of his, but if not then he changed up his style. It’s still very strong work, which he’s always had. Good choice of layouts, good perspective and angles, good character work. It’s a little thinner and sketchier then his normal work. By thinner I mean the characters aren’t as muscle bound/big as normallly we get from Hairsine. It looks good. The details are solid, seeing stubble on the chin of the Major.

Lamirand’s colors are perfect. It accents the sketchiness of Hairsine’s work without losing the details. It’s a grayish palette that helps set the overall mood.

Operation: Broken Wings, 1936 #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

Hanna’s script is wordy, but the overall strength of the complete work makes up for it.

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