War Stories (comics)
Cover of War Stories Volume 1 trade paperback
|Number of issues||4|
|Volume 1||ISBN 1-84023-912-3|
|Volume 2||ISBN 1-4012-1039-2|
Each mini series consisted of 4 stand alone issues primarily set during World War II (one was set during the Spanish Civil War). Each deals with the horror of war experienced by those on the Front line.
In the final days of World War Two the commander of a Tiger tank tries to save his men by convincing them to desert so they may surrender to the Americans before they are killed fighting the Soviets.
A young British officer is assigned to the Italian campaign. Once there he finds that their sacrifices are being ignored at home in favour of news about the battle in France and a massive, possibly suicidal, push is planned to attract headlines.
In the last days of the war four American soldiers, all that remains of their company, are sent to secure a mansion to be used as a General's head quarters. Once there they find Nazis have been storing a fortune in stolen artworks, antiques and valuables. The men decide to enjoy themselves for a few days before they have to return to the front.
Narrated by her executive officer, The Nightingale is a ship assigned to escort convoys on the Murmansk Run. When they are given foolish orders that lead to ships under their care being lost she gets a reputation as cursed. Her crew are forced to make the ultimate sacrifice to set things right.
When asked at Wizard World, Philadelphia, what comic Ennis was the most proud of, his response was this issue, saying, "if I had to hold up one thing and say this is what I can do, that would be it." 
A story of the SAS in North Africa. Conflict begins between the groups Commanding Officer and his second in command when it seems the former is more interested in satisfying his lust for blood and glory than fighting a war.
J for Jenny
A British pilot hopes to take revenge on the Germans who killed his family by bombing civilian targets but his co-pilot is more of a pacifist who sees their missions as a necessary evil. Their conflict leads to brawling and eventually threatens to destroy the crew when they're shot down over Germany.
Set towards the end of the Spanish Civil War, four soldiers from different sides and different countries seek shelter in a shell hole during a battle. Unarmed, they each tell their stories for entering the war to pass the time.
An RAF pilot is assigned to a Cam Ship as part of a string of unfortunate luck. But his experiences make him realize he shouldn't put off living his life just because he might die at any moment.
The stories were collected as two trade paperbacks:
- War Stories (Vertigo, two 4-issue mini-series, each story is a standalone):
- Battlefields, another war comic book series by Ennis
- "Johann's Tiger" at the Comic Book DB
- "D-Day Dodgers" at the Comic Book DB
- "Screaming Eagles" at the Comic Book DB
- "Nightingale" at the Comic Book DB
- WW Philly: The Garth Ennis Panel, Newsarama
- "The Reivers" at the Comic Book DB
- "J for Jenny" at the Comic Book DB
- "Condors" at the Comic Book DB
- "Archangel" at the Comic Book DB
- War Stories: Vol. 1 profile
- War Stories: Vol. 2 profile