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The Black Order Brigade

Credits: Written by Pierre Christin and Illustrated by Enki Bilal
Publisher: Humanoids Publishing

Commentary

The Black Order Brigade were ruthless fascist soldiers in the service of Franco during the Spanish Civil War. But that was a long time ago. Pritchard, an Englishman, fought in the 15th International Brigade against them, a volunteer soldier there to support freedom. But he is old, now, working as a journalist in London. Forty years after the 15th International fell apart, a news story from Spain arrives over the ticker. Terrorist atrocities. Responsibility claimed by The Black Order Brigade. No-one's going to stop them. Because no-one knows who they are. Except Pritchard, and the other survivors of the 15th International. And so Pritchard picks up the phone and raises the ghosts of a forgotten war...

THE BLACK ORDER BRIGADE is almost an anti-thriller. It's a pacey, richly-detailed action story, don't get me wrong - its European tale of secrets and lies has more to offer than similarly-toned works like the movie Ronin - but, ultimately, it's a story about futility. The futility of old men unable to let go of their past. The futility of revenge.

-- Warren Ellis

 
Warren Ellis has written around thirty graphic novels, comics, prose fiction, journalism, videogames and screenplays. Sometimes he take photographs. He also creates and co-creates websites, including this one. He has awards and stuff, he's been in big magazines and newspapers, and he's been published in Nature, which he always mentions because it makes him laugh. He's on the web at warrenellis.com and diepunyhumans.com.

 


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