What I thought of A Train Called Love #1

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The idea of a Garth Ennis romance comic is so obvious it’s brilliant. After all he’s done romance comics before in the shape of Hellblazer and Preacher, which hinges upon the main characters love for each other.

A Train Called Love is Ennis not giving a fuck. Here’s the bumf from publishers Dynamite.

Valerie’s getting dirty phone calls, but when she goes to take revenge she meets Myles, the man of her dreams. But Myles is up against Emil and Gustav, mentally unstable guns for hire. And Valerie’s sister Penny’s friend Marcy just wants to play her own songs, but no one in the bar tonight cares- least of all Penny’s loser boyfriend Marv and his buddies Chip and Jev, who want their homeboy Mike to play the race card in a dubious scheme to get rich. But Mike has just fallen foul of a certain organisation with a lot of Ks in its name. And then there’s Mister Fluffy.

From the off Ennis makes it clear he’s not giving a single fuck about possibly offending anyone.

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If you’re not used to Ennis’s sense of humour then by page three you might want to read Spandex Boy or whatever superhero title is the order of the day because as said, Ennis doesn’t just give zero fucks, he’s on top form here and the pace of the comic is fast. By page 10 we’ve had the Ku Klux Klan involved and our protagonists Myles and Valerie haven’t just met, but they’ve got to know each other very, very well….

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Ennis is playing this for comedy as much as possible here. In fact it’s almost like a Ortenesque farce at times, with some bits of comedy gold like this…

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Also, any comic that lets Ennis write Commando style dialogue for Germans is fantastic…

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As you can tell, I loved this comic. It’s a laugh, not to mention it doesn’t play it seriously at all but it’s so skillfully put together by Ennis and his artist Mark Dos Santos that the entire package is an utter joy even if at this point, I have no idea where the plot is going.If you need a cracking bit of comedy, then this is the comic for you!

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