ARC Review: The Night Witches by Garth Ennis and Russ Braun

Title: The Night Witches

Author: Garth Ennis and Russ Braun

Format: ARC eBook

Genre: Comic, Historical Fiction

Date Read: April 8, 2020

4 stars
4 stars – It was really good

Though this is a work of fiction, Garth Ennis bases this story on real-life women who fought for their country during WWII. The Night Witches were a group of female pilots who flew old airplanes to drop bombs on the Nazis. Because of how loud the old planes’ engines were, they developed a technique of cutting the engines and gliding over to their targets before they dropped the bombs. It is unclear how successful these techniques really were but it did keep the enemies awake and on their toes. 

This is a collection of three stories, Nightwitches, Motherland, and The Rise and Fall of Anna Kharkova, about a Russian aviator named Anna Kharkova. This is a gritty and dark graphic novel filled with war, rape, death, heartache and PTSD. This was a fascinating piece of history that was also heartbreaking. While this is fiction, this graphic novel shows what these women really went through and the fears they faced. 

Ennis also provides historical background on these scenes at the end so be sure to read that for further information. I recommend this graphic novel if you are a fan of military history, aviation, or interested in learning about women during wartime. I am not a fan of any of this but I do like to learn more about women’s impact throughout history and comics in general, which is why I picked this up. 

Reader Warning:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Nudity
  • Gory and graphic scenes
  • Death

*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*


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