GRAPHIC NOVELS

Sara

Ennis, Garth (text) & & Elizabeth Breitweiser (illus.). TKO. Jan. 2019. 154p. ISBN 9781732748538. pap. $17.99. Rated: Teen+. HISTORICAL FICTION
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In 1942, as Leningrad enters its second winter under siege, a team of seven elite female snipers resist Nazi forces. Sara, the deadliest shot among her peers, is a legend on both sides of the conflict. But is she driven by patriotism and an allegiance to Soviet ideals, or something darker? Ennis (A Walk Through Hell, Vol. 1) has written countless war stories over his long, highly acclaimed career, but this might be his finest contribution to the genre, as emotionally wrenching as it is horrifically violent. Illustrator Epting (Velvet: Deluxe Edition) delivers stunning action sequences and evocative landscapes, but it's his ability to capture an array of complicated emotions in the faces of his characters that lingers. It's hard to believe these two creators haven't been working together for decades, and readers can only hope this is the beginning of a long, fruitful partnership.
VERDICT At times as bracing as a Russian winter and absolutely haunting, this one is sure to become a favorite among history buffs and war fiction fans.

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