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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; 1 edition (16 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934964247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934964248
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Ward on 24 May 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a great book.
The historical details about the legion are well researched. The story is interesting and unpredictable. The drawing is clean and stylish. The writing is uncluttered.
I sampled the Crogan series with this particular volume because of the Legion subject matter. Having been thoroughly entertained I'm off to get the first in the series which I'm sure will be just as well executed.
As an example of the graphical storytelling art it's unparalleled (ok, Eisner and some others were better but...) and for those of you not quite so snobby about your comic books it's a great and rewarding read.
Buy it. Now.
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A great book for history buffs and comic nerds 2 Sept. 2011
By Julio Harkonnen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I needs to be said that Crogan's March is one of the more delightful books to come out over the past couple of years. It's a delightful adventure tale about a rare sort of story (that being the French Legionnaires) and it's a rare sort of comic in that it's as well composed as it is drawn. While the cartoonish style (and I use that in the most respectful terms) might put some off there is clearly a level of care, concern, and skill involved in drawing North Africa the way that he does. Crogan's March is the kind of adventure story that people don't tell any more-- and I mean that in the best way possible. Crogan's March is a darn fine comic. And at this price, you can afford to take the risk!
Action & Adventure in the French Foreign Legion 14 Jan. 2011
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: Next in the series. This was a Cybils '10 nominee and as a panelist for Graphic Novels was required reading for me. The panelists did not receive a review copy from the publisher and like most other panelists, I, unfortunately, was unable to find a copy before our nominations were due. My copy from Interlibrary Loan request had just now come in.

Set within the framework of the modern day Crogan family, the father tells the patriarchal story of a fellow Crogan ancestor from the past. This book is about Peter Crogan, Legionnaire, circa 1912. An action packed story of a man within the French Foreign Legion and the fellow soldiers he meets and bonds with in various ways. Also explores his feelings for the locals whom they are there to protect and the Tuareg, who are fighting against them, along with the other soldiers' opinions. Peter is an average guy. We don't know exactly why he's in the FFL, but do know it was to get away from something and to start over, like many others who joined the Foreign Legion. Crogan doesn't seem to be any different than the others, he doesn't look different or act different but gradually as the story progresses we can see that Crogan has a conscience. He regrets certain actions and decisions he's made and he soon starts making decisions based on his conscience and we have an unlikely hero in the making.

The story is full of action and adventure. Being lost in a sandstorm, battles galore, trapped inside the depths of a cave and being captured by the enemy for public decapitation in the morning. Yes, there is no lack of excitement. But there are also moments of pathos. Crogan first gets choked up when one of his buddies is the only one not to survive the sandstorm while others are only grateful the casualties were so few. Crogan realizes some truths in several poignant moments and there are two especially sad moments towards the end of the book.

I can't say the artwork is anything special for me. It's typical b/w cartoony drawing, well done. I really liked Vol. 1 but I adored this Volume. I think the story had so much depth and I must admit it my enjoyment may be due, in part, to my love of French Foreign Legion stories, from when I first saw Laurel and Hardy join the FFL to other old b/w movies to the awesome book "Beau Geste" by P.C. Wren. Looking forward to Volume 3 which from the cover picture at the end of the book looks like it will be about the Revolutionary War.
An Old Story and a New One at the Same Time 21 Jun. 2010
By GraphicNovelReporter.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Peter Crogan joined the French Foreign Legion for the same reason many people did--to escape. But now, in 1912, almost at the end of his five-year term of service, Peter must stop running away and face some tough questions. Why does France have forces in North Africa? What should the role of the Foreign Legion be in settling conflicts between the various tribesmen? Who are the people that the forces are fighting, and is the fight even worth the cost it is exacting? With a hot-headed hero as his new Captain, Peter faces a Tuareg invasion and must decide what is right and what is wrong in a world where nothing is black and white, only gray.

As in the first volume of his Crogan series, Crogan's Vengeance, Schweizer uses the setup of a unique family history to teach a lesson. Brothers Eric and Cory Crogan are told stories of their ancestors when their father wants to make a point about something. In Crogan's March, this early introduction comes across almost like a lecture, but it is only three pages long and once readers are immersed within Peter Crogan's world, they'll be too engaged to feel preached at. Schweizer doesn't pull any punches. The life of a French Legionnaire in 1912 was hard, and you feel that completely. These men are dirty, rough, uncouth, and quick to fight, but they can also be noble and selfless. Schweizer is careful to show readers that these good qualities may not always be present in every person and even when they are, they may be buried deep inside someone, requiring a severe situation to bring them to the forefront.

He is also careful not to make any endings too happy. Not everyone survives, as is appropriate for that time period and setting. And we don't get a clean ending either, which is true of a lot of family histories, where elements of a person's life remain lost in the past. Schweizer obviously did a lot of research into the politics of North Africa in the early 20th century, so his details ring true. He draws a thought-provoking parallel between the attitudes of the North African peoples and the French from that time period and the attitudes of those in the Middle East and those in America and Europe today. Conflicts go on, people misunderstand each other, whether on purpose or unintentionally, and hatred spreads. It's an old story and a new one at the same time.

Schweizer's art is rough-edged, fitting for his rough characters. There isn't shading; everything is in stark blacks-and-whites. This means that readers have to pay closer attention to characters in order to keep them clear, but as this is a story that asks for full participation, that is not a bad thing. One character, Peter Crogan's new Captain, is written with a painful French accent. It highlights his pompous nature, but is difficult to read. Even more so than in Crogan's Vengeance, this volume is for teen and up. There is a lot of fighting and a lot of violence, though nothing is gruesome just for the sake of being gruesome. But war is war and people die. The high level of action means that this has the potential to be a good title for reluctant readers, though it may need some pushing. Readers do not have to have read Crogan's Vengeance to understand Crogan's March, but after they've read one, they're sure to want the other.
-- Snow Wildsmith
Crogan's March - a graphic novel 20 Jun. 2013
By David M. Talburtt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good combination of fiction and history (or history and reality through fiction). It looks at the issue of intervention in a weak and troubled country by an outside power or the international community: while the intervention may not be totally imperialistic, interventions can turn into complex and bloody situations which may challenge even the best intentions of outsiders.
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