YMMV / Garth Ennis

  • Always Chaotic Evil: Many of his villains. According to Ennis himself, this is a direct reaction to the concept of "Joker Immunity" that pervades the comic-book medium. He once phrased it in a Wizard interview as writing villains who are "worth the bullet"; he doesn't enjoy works in which the hero proves his moral superiority by letting the villain live, as that's usually a choice on the hero's part that will get someone else killed at some point down the road.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Ennis has an extraordinarily dark sense of humor and a penchant for sex jokes, which turns many would-be readers off from his work. While he's not unusual in that regard among other UK-based writers (Warren Ellis in particular can give him a run for his money), Ennis is the one who's built a reputation off of it.
  • Promoted Fanboy: He was a big fan of 2000 AD and especially Judge Dredd as a kid.
    • Played with on his run on Dan Dare; in an essay to the collected edition, he openly acknowledges that while he respects the character he has no particular sentimental attachment to him; he does, however, appreciate the values that Dare's creator imbued him with, which attracted him to the project.
  • Write Who You Know: A lot of his best-written characters are Irish.


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