Tardis book portrays life in the trenches with a series of short stories that make up a snapshot of the danger and hardship facing the average French soldier in the trenches.
The book describes the complete futility and removal of humanity facing those who took part in this bitter and merciless war. It was interesting to see this presented from a French perspective in an easily understood format such as a graphic novel, which Tardi has aimed to be as accurate as possible by consulting various historical experts, as well as basing parts of the story on his own grandfathers' experiences in WWI.
As far as comics go on the First World War, this can't be compared to the 'Charley's War' series (see Charley's War: 1 August-17 October 1916
) which is an excellent introduction to the shocking brutalities of the First World War for a younger audience (and well worth a read), but both share the desire to educate the reader on what it would have been like to face the atrocities of trench warfare, the likes of which have never been seen before or since.
The author has also included some recommended reading and viewing at the end of the book, which I hope to investigate and further my knowledge and understanding of 'the war to end all wars'.
This was my first introduction to Tardi and I am keen to read his other titles on the strength of this book.