The Tankies

by Garth Ennis, Penciled by Carlos Ezquerra

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Book Cover: The Tankies
Editions:Paperback Original with French Flaps: $ 24.95
ISBN: 9781682475973
Size: 10.25 x 6.63 in
Pages: 256

Written by Garth Ennis; Penciled by Carlos Ezquerra; Inked by Hector Ezquerra; Colored by Tony Avina; Lettered by Simon Bowland

From the bloody battle for Normandy to the Nazi heartland, from war’s end to the killing fields of Korea, the men of the British Army’s Royal Tank Regiment fight battle after battle against terrible odds. Whether outnumbered or outgunned, the Tankies soldier on—as their motto would have it, “From Mud, Through Blood, to the Green Fields Beyond.”

After D-Day the largely untried Allied armies meet their seasoned German counterparts on the killing grounds of Bocage country. As Panzers and SS units turn the French hedgerows into a slaughterhouse, a lone British tank crew struggles to rejoin their squadron. Their only hope lies in their commander, Corporal Stiles—but does even this wily old trooper stand a chance against the infamous Tiger?

Newly promoted but just as angry, Sergeant Stiles enters the battle for Germany in command of a Sherman Firefly—capable of taking out any tank thus far encountered. Unfortunately, the enemy have a new tank of their own, the mighty “King Tiger,” with twice the firepower of the original. As Stiles and his men join the Allied advance into the Nazi homeland, they find worse horrors than Tigers lurking in the German twilight.

Six years later, as massed Chinese armies descend on UN forces defending South Korea, a British infantry brigade digs in amidst the hills of the Imjin River sector. With them are the Centurion tanks of the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars, including WWII veteran Sergeant Stiles. But Stiles is a man haunted by the horrors of his past, and when the Communist offensive smashes into the tiny British force, he must battle his own demons along with the enemy’s might.

Reviews:–Nicholas Moran, AKA “The Chieftain” wrote:

The Tankies is an entertaining yarn which brings to life the perceptions of Allied tank crews as they fought their way across Europe, and tips the hat to our dismounted colleagues alongside whom tankies must fight to be successful.”

—Paul Charlton, “The Mighty Jingles” on YouTube wrote:

“Being asked to write an endorsement for a Garth Ennis book illustrated by the late, great Carlos Ezquerra was my own personal 'We're not worthy!' moment. His The Tankies series in particular holds a warm place in my heart, chock-full of the gritty humour that's a trademark of his work. I cannot recommend this book enough.”

—Wayne Vansant, author of Katusha: Girl Soldier of the Patriotic War and All Quiet on the Western Front: A Graphic Novel Adaptation wrote:

“Gritty, realistic stories about British Armored forces in World War II (Normandy and Germany) and in Korea. Believable and well-developed characters that we can identify with and root for. And incredible portraits of the steel giants that these men rode into battle: The Churchill, the Sherman Firefly, and the best tank of the post-war period, the Centurion, all beautifully rendered by Carlos and Hector Ezquerra.”

—Monkeys Fighting Robots wrote:

The Tankies is a brilliantly well-written and thoroughly researched tribute to the tank crewman who fought and struggled during the late stages of World War II and the Korean conflict. Garth Ennis does what he does best by presenting a spot-on representation of battlefield conditions and some of his best character writing to date. The visual work of Carlos and Hector Ezquerra and Tony Avina crafts both believable character art and a realistic setting. Be sure to grab this outstanding collection from your local comic shop today!”

—Comics Grinder wrote:

The Tankies provides the reader with a gripping narrative while also giving the reader a remarkable sense of time and place…. A good war story, just like a good Western, is dependent upon a sense of authenticity and flesh and blood characters you can believe in. Without a doubt, Ennis delivers on both counts.”

—GeekDad wrote:

“I highly recommend The Tankies as a great look at the horrors of war and the sacrifices made by the common soldiers and civilians during World War II. While the characters are fictional, the situations are real. Having both studied as well as taught about this war, I was impressed with what the reader can learn from this graphic novel. It does a great job of portraying the courage of allied tank crews who were going up against German tanks with thicker armor and more powerful cannons…. If you are interested in a gritty and not at all glamorous look at the life of a tank crew during this time period, then I suggest adding The Tankies to your reading list.”

—The Good Men Project wrote:

“I had a great time reading this graphic novel. It takes readers into some famous wars from the past, told by accounts of soldiers who were actually there.”

—The Fandom Post wrote:

“If you like that work’s military aspect and storytelling style, The Tankies will … appeal to you.”

—Arcadia Pod wrote:

“This was a great book, and any fan of war comics, history, or honestly anyone into comics at all should check out. Stiles is a great character, and I’d love to see him pop up again, although I’d imagine this will be all as it ends in a decent spot. I loved the afterward, which is a lengthy essay detailing where some of the ideas for the book came from, you can tell Ennis is interested in teaching history here, and as a history buff, I loved it.”

—The Stop Button wrote:

“Tankies is a collection I never realized I needed…. A really good read.”

—First Comic News wrote:

“The artwork is outstanding…. The facial expressions are perfectly drawn.”

—Brown Pundits wrote:

“If you are interested in tanks, #worldwarll or just a good war comic, this is well worth a look.”

—Wordaholicanonymous wrote:

“The Tankies is a well-rounded read. Highly recommended for people who get a kick out of war graphical novels.”

—Masked Library wrote:

“The Tankies is an action packed story full of all the excitement of war but also a personal story for Stiles’s quest to destroy his white whale of a tank. Highly recommended for all mature comic book reader.”

About the Contributors

Garth Ennis

Garth Ennis has been writing comics since 1989. Credits include Preacher, The Boys and Hitman, with successful runs on The Punisher and Fury for Marvel Comics. As well as his own war series War Stories, Battlefields, and Dreaming Eagles, he recently revived the classic British aviation character Johnny Red, and has produced two series of World of Tanks for Originally from Northern Ireland, Ennis now resides in New York City with his wife, Ruth.

Penciled by Carlos Ezquerra

Carlos Ezquerra (1947–2018) was a titan of the comics industry. Originally from Zaragoza, Spain, he began his career as an artist in the early 1970s and is best known as co-creator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog. A fan favorite for his distinctive style and dynamic storytelling, he was prolifically published in the UK and was a frequent collaborator with Garth Ennis in the United States on titles like War Stories, Battlefields, and Adventures in the Rifle Brigade. Ezquerra was a recipient of both the Inkpot and National Comics Awards.​