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No Better WW1 story
, 22 Oct. 2011
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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