A solid fix of Ennis-style mayhem
After a lengthy gap of about 4 months, Jennifer Blood returns, with a new artist on this issue, and it has recovered nicely from the problems I felt were plaguing the prior issue. In the last issue, I'd noticed that each issue up to that point had been going through essentially the exact same formula each issue and it was getting dull. I'd also noticed that the art was getting kinda lazy, with action panels with the mayhem up front and NOTHING in the back; literally no background whatsoever. I don't know if this issue's artist Marcos Marz is on the book just for this issue or from here onwards, but I'd like him to stay. Marz's characters aren't given quite the same amount of gritty detail as Batista's were, but they are still nicely rendered nonetheless with plenty of personality in their expressions, and that plus fully detailed backgrounds make for a much more appealing looking book on the whole.
As for the rest of the content, this issue is a solid fix of that style of mayhem that only Garth Ennis can provide. The mix of ultra-violence, dark humor and surprising character twists in this issue, plus the clever dialogue, has Ennis back in nearly top-form. This book isn't in Preacher or Hitman league, but it's still a much appreciated fix for those who, while appreciating Ennis' more serious war story phase, have been craving some fresh, poor-taste material from him. If the book can stay on the quality track set by this issue, I could even take back the bad things I said about issue 3.