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Enemy Ace: War in Heaven

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From 1914 to 1918, Hans Von Hammer earned the nickname "The Hammer of Hell" in the bloody skies of World War I. Now it's World War II, and blood rains from the skies once again! Von Hammer, the finest pilot Germany has ever known, is now a 46-year-old man with plenty of enemies in the Nazi regime. This edition also includes a classic World War One Enemy Ace tale by creator ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by DC Comics
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What happens when you are a patriot and a honorable gentleman but in the wrong side of the war?

I was very happy to be able to get this mini-series in its original two issues in prestige format, while checking some boxes of back issues in my local comic book store. (Back in 2013)

I am doing the review using this edition to be able to give a better overall review about the whole story.

Enemy Ace, a.k.a. Hans Von Hammer, is a DC Comics' character created by Joe Kubert & Robert Kanigher, appeari
Great story, and moving conclusion. I liked how the author opted for making this a story focusing on one man's harrowing experiences as a fighter pilot in a second war after having fought in WWI. It's not that common to have a middle-aged man for a hero, is it?

I loved Hans von Hammer a lot, his character is a balanced mix of experience of old age and passion of youth. Every time he went on missions, I was a little afraid that he would die by the end before or after surrendering, and was glad tha
Aug 27, 2011 Checkman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Enemy Ace
I grew up in the 70's and I was a big fan of Enemy Ace. The first time I read his adventures it was the three parter trilogy where he takes on Steve Savage aka The Balloon Buster. A few years later DC reprinted a couple of his stories and I was hooked.

So when DC published the archives and Enemy Ace: War In Heaven I was interested. It took me a few years to actually get around to buying them. I'm a 43 year old man with a family, job etc. Things tend to happen that cause distractions, but I finall
Aug 17, 2012 arjuna rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable - I'm a sucker for air war stories anyway, but this was great. Although not yet familiar with the original strip, the idea of a story that looked first at the man & pilot and secondly at the "hero" was very appealing; the further idea of transferring *that man* from a Great War to WW2 context was irresistible. Ennis handles it well - much more organically than (e.g.) the similar themes in his Dan Dare revisitation, even with the characteristic lapse into broad brush at t ...more
Dec 28, 2009 Travis rated it liked it
The Enemy Ace is one of the all time great historical comic book characters. He's a german world war one ace and yet, you end up rooting for.
In this story, Von Hammer is dragged out of retirement by the Nazis to help the war effort. At first he's as happy as he ever gets, fighting for his country, but then slowly learns that there is something very wrong going on with the war effort and then finds himself caught between his personal honor and his loyalty to his country.
Very dramatic, manly and f
Dec 01, 2014 Brinstona rated it really liked it
What I liked about the comic book is that the soldiers spend time reminiscing about people they used to know but have been killed in the war, and it leads into the main character starting to think that the war is doing more harm than good, and especially when he gets stuck in Leningrad where he sees first hand, men being killed, children being killed, the homeless families starving. it's a dark story that involves a lot of death, but a great story if the reader enjoys fiction about real world ev ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2014
A few years ago I blind-bought The Enemy Ace Archives by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert and loved it. Initially I loved (and still love) Kubert’s art style, but grew to also love Kanigher’s simple but powerful storytelling.

Enemy Ace was an unusual title for its time (mid-1960s) in that its hero was a World War I flying ace named Hans von Hammer. That’s right; he’s fighting on the German side, but he didn’t always feel so great about it.

Garth Ennis picks up where the original left off, this time
Jul 04, 2014 Les rated it really liked it
A good story with a sobering message about the futility and stupidity of war. While not being too familiar with the comic world, I have recently been enjoying a few good graphic novels and while browsing for these I came across Enemy Ace. An easy to read and action-packed classic comic format, with exploding B-17 bombers, zooming Messerschmitts, tough Russians and general carnage. Galloping through the pages I felt like a kid again, but it was the dialogue that kept snapping me out of it. Writte ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Stien rated it really liked it
war fiction with the perfect balance of adventure, excitement, cynicism, heroism and depression.
Oct 02, 2011 Timo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Pretty damn good conclusion to Enemy Ace saga.
Apr 27, 2010 Matimate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military, 2010
It was like flesh from the sky when I discover comic Enemy Ace. I like war novels and war comic book too and this was utter jewel. The continuation of arc about German WW I. ace pilot, baron Hans von Hammer, who was nicknamed the hammer of hell and well would you love somebody who was called killing ruthless machine and had strange wolf as only friend? I would. I am. The noble pilot who was fighting for the baddies, but with principles and long forgotten chivalry.
The art is fitting fo
Timothy Boyd
Feb 12, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
Excellent story of the Enemy Ace of WWI, Hans Von Hammer, returning to the skies to fight again in WWII. The superb story and art makes this a joy to read. Very recommended.
Mayank Agarwal
Nice Art, really enjoyed the drawings and the concept of the story. The Character seemed so super cool with his idelogys. The actual dialogues during dogfights went over my head ( too authentic for me)...didn't really know what was happening. Will try to get more Hans Von Hammer
Mar 31, 2012 Hugo rated it liked it
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Esta interesante, pero creo que poco veridico, creo que alguien tan insubordinado en las tropas Nazi no hubiera podido prosperar tanto, aun asi hay algunos pasajes que me gustaron y sobre todo las batallas en el aire, muy bien logradas.
Jun 03, 2015 Brent rated it really liked it
Russ Heath art!
highly recommended.
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Ennis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting ch ...more
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