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Charley's War: Underground and Over the Top v. 6 Hardcover – 23 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845767977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845767976
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 1.4 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Timelessly relevant and well researched, this is a comics classic." --Publishers Weekly

Darkly spectacular...poignant and intelligently anti-war --LA Times

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Pat Mills has written countless comics stories, including 2000 AD's Judge Dredd, Slaine and A.B.C. Warriors, as well as Charley's War. He also created Marshal Law. Joe Colquhoun worked on a large volume of titles in his 30 year career in the UK comics industry, including Lion, Champion, Buster and Battle. He is probably best remembered for his work on Battle, including Johnny Red and Charley's War.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Keyes on 8 Jan. 2010
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I know it seems strange for a comic to be recommended reading for school, but this is really a great introduction to First World War History. It humanises the most inhuman of conflicts and engages readers of all ages. I should know I read it as a child when it was first published and it is still as good as an adult. Must be read in series with the other 5 books so you understand what is going on. Pat mills tried to put in a strong anti war and anti establishment message, but it is not so overt as to spoil a great story. It cant have worked to well as I ended up in the army despite reading this, mind you I made sure I was never a Capt Snell!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2009
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This volume of the classic Charley's War, places a great deal of emphasis on the subterranean war going on under the trenches and battlefields, in World War One.
Charley and his comrades have joined the "Clay Kickers" who are engaged in digging tunnels to place explosives under the German guns and trenches at Messines.
As ever with Charley's War the writing is of the highest standard and the art work exemplary.
In this volume we see the dedication of the clay kickers to finishing the job and the sacrificies they would make. There is more conflict between comrades and in particular antagonism aimed at a conscientious objector who has been forced to join up.
The story also moves to the "Bull Ring" (a large camp and training facility) at Etaples, where our heroic Tommy's are poorly treated by bullying instructors.
We are introduced to foraging,scavenging,thieving and violent deserters (sandbaggers),who have set up a parallel existence in caves, hills and forests in the areas surrounding the camp at Etaples and we see the spark of mutiny light the proverbial fuse, as the mistreatment of the soldiers in the "Bull Ring" reaches a fatal climax.
Another quite excellent volume but I agree completely with the previous reviewer, why , oh,why only one volume per year - it's a bit frustrating to say the least !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. G. New on 4 Jan. 2010
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I found this to be another description of events very well presented in that time before and during the first world war by an individual who was directly invloved and took part in this dreadful period of our history which requires many questions to be asked of those responsible for authorising such a protracted disaster
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Kennedy on 10 Feb. 2010
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As a kid I just couldn't get my next 'fix' of Charley's War soon enough.
It was the images attention to detail that had me hook,line and sinker.
Even as an "adult" those same images reveal so much more to me.
The best ones don't have any dialouge, which allows them to emphasise the insanity and injustices
of War. Lookout for a "Ghost of War" in the back-ground of one of these amazing drawings.

Some episodes print quality is a bit on the poor side, but Pat explains the problems
he had sourcing some original copies.

Occasionally the dialogue is very much on the "crummy" side. Yes its a comic strip.
But why have Charley uttering the same statement twice in one dialogue bubble?
Once in his own dialect and then in the Queen's English. Kids are not that stupid.
Several of the German Soliders receive similar treatment to their ability to speak but always from their standard issue "Talking Action-Man phrase book"

What a way to keep Joe Colquhoun's utterly amazing images of War in circulation to inform the
following generations how brutal "The War to End All Wars" was.

Least We Forget
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Boxtl on 23 Dec. 2009
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Another cracking read, but why does Titan only publish one book a year.At this rate i will be nearly fifty by the time we get the last book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. CD Bunyan on 9 April 2010
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As with previous Charley's War books/re-releases, this is the continuing story of life in the trenches of the first world war. The art work by the late great Joe Colquhoun is superb, while Pat Mill's gritty story line about the digging of tunnels under the German front line before the 3rd battle of Ypres surpasses any other "boys" comics storyline of it's generation. The climax of this book was controversial at the time it was originally published in the early 80's because of the underpublicised mutiny of the British & commonwealth troops at the training camp at Etaples on the French coast in 1917. This storyline was published years before the BBC made "The Monocled Mutineer" about the same events. Very, very controversial stuff in the 80's, but Pat & Joe did it far better with Charley's War.
Not the best book in the series, but still essential reading for anyone interested in this period of history!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Ellwood on 12 Feb. 2010
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as well as the true to life storyline, the superb graphics, i have learned enough from history and genealogy and those that were there, to know that is near knuckle stuff from the time,
plus it takes me back only instead of waiting a week for the next episode, i have to wait until october, but its worth the wait,
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