Adventures in the Rifle Brigade: Operation Bollock

    (Vertigo, 2001)
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“Hitler has only got one ball. The other’s in the Albert Hall.”

These seldom–sung lyrics to “The Bridge on the River Kwai” became the catalyst that writer Garth Ennis employed for the reunion of The Rifle Brigade. Hitler’s missing testicle apparently is the source of some great occult power. Captain Darcy, Lieutenant Milk and the rest of this crack commando unit, that can best be described as Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos as portrayed by the Monty Python troupe, are dispatched to the appropriately named Middle Eastern country of Semmen. There they encounter Maryland (“Don’t call me Mary”) Smith, an “Indiana Jones” counterpart, as well as a familiar antagonist from the original series, Adventures in the Rifle Brigade. The humor is lewd and over–the–top in the best Garth Ennis tradition.

— George Haberberger

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