Comics

One and Done – Peacekeeper: Disturbing the Peace

Garth Ennis – Writer
Garry Brown – Artist
Lee Loughridge – Colours
Rob Steen – Letters

Garth Ennis and Garry Brown open the story with Christopher Smith, otherwise known as Peacekeeper, and a Dr. Sedgewick sitting in what could be assumed to be Arlington Cemetary. The two sit there and talk about Smith’s background, his history, where he came from and what shaped him. Ennis takes readers right back to the beginning when Peacekeeper was but a child and of the horrors he witnessed and the horrors he experienced. Sedgewick is astounded at the tales she hears, amazed that anyone could come out of it less than psychologically damaged much less survived it. The fact that Smith is sitting beside her recounting all of this in a calm and collected manner is a surprise in and of itself. As the story goes on, Ennis tells a fascinating, albeit slightly disturbing tale of the man and it is near impossible to put the book down the further one gets into it. Of course, as it continues there is a bit of a twist and readers soon find out that Smith is playing a bit of a game with Sedgewick and while all of his recitations are true, there is, in fact, more to them than one suspects which is what the doctor had come to investigate in the first place, Smith having deduced her goals before they had ever met. Even more interesting perhaps in all of this is that Peacekeeper though he may be, he is never in costume even a single time throughout all of this. As a Black Label book, it works perfectly standing alongside those Fury and Punisher books that Ennis did for Marvel’s MAX line where readers would see various past stories on the characters, no superheroics in sight. Brown’s artwork is solid and a great fit for the story that Ennis weaves and by the time one gets to the end of this tale, there is only one thing that could have made it any better and that is having more of it. Sadly, this would be a one-shot deal which is not a bad thing by any means but it was so good that it is hard not to want an ongoing series with these creators onboard to chronicle what Peacekeeper does month in and month out. A great book from start to finish and another success in Ennis’ cap, a man who seems to be a bottomless well when it comes to telling fantastic stories.

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