303 (comics)

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Cover to 303 #1 (October 2004). Art by Jacen Burrows.
Publication information
Publisher Avatar Press
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Publication date September 2004 - October 2005
No. of issues 6
Creative team
Written by Garth Ennis
Artist(s) Jacen Burrows
Colorist(s) Greg Waller
Editor(s) William A. Christensen
Collected editions
303 ISBN 1-59291-037-8

303 is a six-issue comic-book mini-series created by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows, and published by Avatar Press. The story targets a mature audience.

Plot summary[edit]

The story spans two parts titled "Afghanistan's Plains" and "Black Arrow" (after a monologue in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit) each consisting of three issues and centers around a Russian Spetsnaz colonel.

In the first part the colonel leads a Russian team investigating a plane crash in Afghanistan. Violence soon erupts after first British and then American military forces become involved in the investigation. In the aftermath, the colonel helps a wounded British Special Air Service trooper who translates a document found on the plane. The document suggests that there is a high-level conspiracy in the United States; that the Global War On Terror was started in order to facilitate the west taking over the oil-rich Middle East.

In the second part the colonel travels alone to the United States in order to carry out a self-assigned mission, where he first faces a sheriff troubled by the loss of his wife because of the deficiency of their insurance. The story also focuses on the problems of illegal Mexican immigrants apparently exploited at a slaughterhouse called "McHell". The Colonel eventually assassinates the President of the United States with the intention of stopping the Global War on Terror, using a Lee–Enfield rifle using only iron sights, firing from behind a closed window.


The title of the series refers to a .303 British calibre Lee–Enfield rifle.

Collected editions[edit]

The issues have been collected as a trade paperback:


  • 303 at the Comic Book DB

External links[edit]

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