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5.0 out of 5 stars No Better WW1 story, 22 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Charleys War (Vol. 8): Hitlers Youth (Hardcover)
Well, Its Charleys War time of year again. I usually take a day off work to read it as it drops onto the mat.
What do you need to know about this masterpeice? Charleys war is a graphic novel of a young Tommy in WW1. It is drawn by a god of comic artists, Joe Colquhoun. Each frame is certainly good enough to stick on your wall and some just take your breath away. The Characters are alive on the pages, they react in a very human way to all the terror and horror of war. The animation in the drawings is incredible. You find yourself rooting for long standing freinds to survive, but secretly you know this year will just add to the list of sadly missed characters. Ginger,Weeper,Dad,Mad Mick.
This year the book follows the Young Adolph Hitler. He is in a trench opposite Charley and His Sniper Mate,Len.The Germans are portrayed with the usual humanity and the battle scenes are of course just as good as you know they will be. The Elephant gun blowing straight through a steel sniper post, the Trench Raids, The vast aerial battles.Half of the book is devoted to Wilf Bourne, Charleys Brother, (who must be about 14) as an Observer in a Brisfit. The attention to detail is as you would expect from Charleys war;Stunning.

And now my usual notation on Mill's driveling.
I really wish he would read Amazon reveiws so that next year he might skip the mind numbingly stupid,communist,class obsessed,endless gibbering of his commentry.
Pat Mills,(if you hadn't heard),is a socialist god who single handedly overthrew the fascist class system of the UK by writing comics. He also by sheer self rightiousness alone, alerted the Public to the current war in Afganistan, where it seems plucky but downtrodden Tom's are whipped by toffee nosed Capitalist deathmongers into burning innocent babies over a fire made out of US dollars or something.
Mills is far past having the grace or the intellect to have self awareness on his delusions, and it for me adds a certain something to the book.It gets you asking "How can he best last years ravings....Oh...He did". For those who would rather remember Charleys war as the amazing absorbing tale it was, tear out the last 7 pages
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2011 15:43:09 BDT
P. Brooks says:
Dear Tommi,

I thought Comrade Mills had toned down a bit this Year, with him being more critical of the Editors of "Battle"..still sticking it to the man I suppose! however I did despair over his comment at Smith 70 noticing his Vickers 1916 was is almost the same gun as the Huns maschinengewehr 08, he seemed to allude that Vickers were selling to both sides! Ignoring that Hiram Maxim ( an American ) licensed his Maxim gun to everybody and his dog to Manufacture.

Still the Musings of Chairman Mills are a very Small Price to pay for British Comic Gold.


Peter Brooks.

Posted on 8 Nov 2011 18:55:27 GMT
Two books that Pat Mills ought to read (but I suppose never will) are "Six Weeks - the life and glorious death of the British Officer in WW1" and the peerless Richard Holmes' "Tommy". The latter in particular seeks to reconstruct the view of the Tommy as they saw the war *at the time*, and not as refracted through the lens of the great depression and the war poets. The former again reconstructs the mutual respect of officer and men, and notes that the men reserved their contempt for those who didn't share their privations in the front line. Every now and then Mills lets a non-stereotyped officer slip through. Captain Morgan of the RFC shows a more rounded complexity than the caricatured Snell and Pinkie. I always thought it a shame that Lieutenant Thomas was killed off so quickly as he was probably nearer to the truth. Didn't suit the class warfare message, I suppose.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2012 09:08:54 BDT
Tommi says:
Hi. Definatly lookng forward to this years. I hope that they carry the series right through to WW2 Dunkirk as that had some very strong story lines.

It will be fun reading Comrade Kommisar Mills's musings as well. Probably he will use the narrative to call for immediate global revolution.

Posted on 17 Sep 2012 03:40:35 BDT
I adored Charley's War when I discovered it a few years ago, especially the diverse storylines and the fantastic artwork...then I got to he endnotes and I thought I'd entered into the realms of parody. It's a huge shame, as Pat Mills does a very good job of writing the story, but rants a bit at the end, leaving the book on a sour note. Mills' complete lack of how he comes across lets himself down very badly. For me, the particular highlight in Volume 8 was that segment about Hitler's communing with dark powers, and Mills solemly remarking that it made him think. Bizarre stuff, Mr Mills.
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