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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (30 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857683004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857683007
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1.5 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story highlights the random chaos of warfare and sustains an understated but heartfelt sympathy for the plight of the ordinary soldier. --Daily Mail

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

If you love war comics then CHARLEY'S WAR is a must own for you. --Ain't It Cool News

Delivered in a gorgeous hardback edition, Charley's War Volume Nine serves up a delicious feast of great comics writing and meticulous, beautifully rendered artwork. A true British comics classic. --Down The Tubes

If you love war comics then CHARLEY'S WAR is a must own for you. --Ain't It Cool News

There are only so many superlatives one can use to describe the peerless brilliance of Joe Colquhoun s art throughout these collections... One of the greatest anti-war war comics you will ever have the privilege of reading. --Broken Frontier

If you love war comics then CHARLEY'S WAR is a must own for you. --Ain't It Cool News

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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 work on Battle, including Johnny Red and Charleys War.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gladstone Pacific on 1 Jan. 2013
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Volume IX in the Charley's War saga is another triumph for Titan, who should be applauded for the care that they have taken over the repackaging of this classic British comic strip. The story is introduced with an excellent article about the development of treatment for the psychological impact of combat during the First World War. This is scholarly, yet also very readable. The story itself, now moving towards the climax of the war, is fantastic. Covering the end of trench warfare in the spring of 1918 it also takes in the shelling of British seaside towns in 1914, the mighty naval battle at the Falklands during the same year, the British assault on Gallipoli in 1915 and the efforts by the RFC to stop German bombers from attacking London in 1918. This epic sweep of World War One is kept focused for the reader through Pat Mills' skilful writing. You never lose sight of Charley Bourne and his struggle to survive the madness and injustice of this conflict that gave birth to the modern world. However, it is Joe Colquhoun's art work that keeps one transfixed to every page. The period detail is staggering and the epic action scenes beat anything that has been put on the cinema screen about World War One. Titan have resolved the reproduction issues that they had with recreating the strips earlier on, especially in Volume IV with Blue's Story, and here we can see Colquhoun's art work in all it's crisp glory, presented on the high quality paper that it always deserved. My original comics from the late 70s and early 80s are fading, so it is with real gratitude that I write this review to Titan, to thank them for the care and effort that they have put into reproducing this strip in a way that truly does it justice.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. N. Travis on 3 Jan. 2013
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Charley's War spanned the formative years of my life - I started buying Battle in 1976, aged 7, and continued with it (except for a brief hiatus in 1980-1, for which the reprinted volumes filled in the gaps) up to the age of 17 in 1986 when CW finished. It is incredible that CW holds me enthralled in the same way it did as a child/adolescent. The large part of this is down to the incredible detail and accuracy that Joe Colquhoun put into the artwork. The new reproductions in the last few volumes based on Joe's originals show the crispness and alacrity that he brought to every frame. Truly stunning.

My own son will be 10 next year and I will introduce him to all the volumes.

Titan, Pat, if you're reading ... you MUST go all the way through to the end of the series. Gladstone's review is spot on - it would be the most fitting tribute to Joe's brilliance to memorialise his glorious CW artwork through to the end.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. Brooks on 21 Nov. 2012
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The Depth of research by Mr Mills and by the Late Mr Colquhoun is remarkable, remember this is a FICTIONAL story aimed at scruffy apaths like me back in 1978 yet the story is historically accurate. From Mr Mills script to the sublime art of Mr Colquhoun the attention given to the smallest detail is staggering, do recall that this was done all pre-tinternet all the research would have been the old fashioned way and all for a Boy's "Comic" I have read supposed scholarly works regarding WWI which do not even come close to being as accurate as "Charley's War".

My Anorakness regarding the detail does not mean that this volume of "Charley's War" is a dry tale - on the contrary this volume alone is fair packed with the very Human story of WWI from the Home Front to the wind swept south Atlantic. It's all brought alive by the pen of Mr Colquhoun, between Frank Hampson and Joe Colquhoun it is a coin toss as to who was the greatest British 'Comic' artist of the 20th Century. Both were contemporary to each other, who after their service in WWII returned to civilian life to inspire and delight subsequent generations of scruffy apaths with Dan Dare, Roy of the Rovers ( Mr Colquhoun actually wrote Roy of the Rovers for while even though he knew nothing about football!) , The road of Courage and Charley's War.

As it's the last one I say with some sadness roll on Volume 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gleeson on 9 April 2013
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The entire series is great both as an illustrated history and a realistic portrayal of the realities of war (albeit and old one), Be aware that it is from a weekly boys comic from long before the concept of Graphic Novel was conceived. It show its origins: the individual episodes are bite-sized (3 pages), there is invariably a cliff-hanger and some of the characters at first may seem overdone caricatures (mostly less so as they recur in the series, although I don't think Charley's brother-in-law is every given a redeeming feature). I was familiar with its pedigree and consider it all the more remarkable give the original forum in which it appeared. Oh, and the artwork is fabulous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By suzypips on 26 Dec. 2012
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I,of course,am the target audience for these books having grown up with Victor,Eagle,2000AD,Battle etc.This series is a classic.When you read the stories in the comic on a weekly basis,it never occurred to you that it was like an illustrated novel and when you finished they just went in the bin (sad,shake of head!!).I'm so glad that the 'powers that be' are committing these stories to book form for future generations to enjoy.Johnny Red next........
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