Garth Ennis returns to the frontlines of World War II with a focus on the England's Royal Navy torpedo bombers in The Stringbags OGN. Scheduled to debut May 15, 2020, Stringbags reunites Ennis with his World of Tanks artist PJ Holden for an intense look at the pilots and crew behind the Royal Navy's Swordfish torpedo bombers - known informally as 'Stringbags'.
"I’ve often said that the things that happen in war, out on the knife-edge of human experience, are bizarre and fantastic enough to utterly eclipse any fiction," Ennis said in a statement. "The experiences of the Royal Navy’s Swordfish crews during the Second World War are a case in point; the actions fought by this handful of heroes in their frail old biplanes have had a lock on my imagination for most of my life. The Stringbags is the result."
"The Stringbags is an epic tale of young men facing death in an aircraft almost out of time," reads the description from publisher Dead Reckoning. "They lived as they flew, without a second to lose - and the greatest tributes to their courage would come from the enemy who strove to kill them."
Originally debuting back in 1934, the Stringbags were considered obsolete by 1939 - but that didn't stop them from being pressed into service by the United Kingdom for the growing Second World War.
"There’s always a lot to enjoy working on one of Garth’s scripts, but one of the most surprisingly enjoyable is always the research. It’s at once thrilling, fascinating and sobering," said Holden. "And while you can’t let yourself become a slave to the research, I hope I’ve been able to convey what being part of the Fleet Air Arm might have felt like."
The Stringbags will be colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, and lettered by Rob Steen.