Charley's War: 17 October, 1916-21 February, 1917 Hardcover – 20 Oct 2006
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"Timelessly relevant and well researched, this is a comics classic." - PW "Charley's War is one of the finest, most fondly remembered comic strips ever, a deeply radical, horrific reimagining of WWI." - Uncut"
About the Author
Pat Mills has written countless comics stories, including 2000 AD's Judge Dredd, Slaine and A.B.C. Warriors, as well as earlier classics like Charley's War. He also created Marshal Law. 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 his work on Battle, including Johnny Red and Charley's War.
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Truly the writing and it's attention to historical facts and the artwork and it's incredible attention to detail surpass anything in my opinion that has ever been published in comics.
If you have never experienced Charley's war do yourself a favour and buy parts 1, 2 and three today.
The quality of the writing, the detail of the drawings and obvious level of research undertaken elevated it above the other stories in the comic. When I heard that the series was being published I felt that I wanted to read it again. I don't collect comics, or graphic novels. I haven't read (or probably ever will read) the Batman Dark Knight or Watchmen novels. However Charley's War is stunning. I have bought all three of the Titan books and hope that they will continue to publish the rest of the series, which I believe takes Charley up to WW2. I will be buying the next books as and when they are published.
In this volume Charley is fighting the German Judgement Troopers during their counter offensive on the Somme, the battle eventually grinds to halt, Charley is wounded and he is sent home on leave to London in time for a German airship air raid on the East End of London
Although this was orginally aimed at children in the Battle comic it appeals to adults too with its strong anti-war message and as a teacher I have used it in classes about World War one to great success.
I do wish that Titan would publish more than one volume a year though, its very frustrating waiting a year for the next one to come out, I'm sure they could easily do two a year! Please Titan, pulbish more, quicker!
Read this book! It really needs 10 stars, its unique.
However, there's the rub. While masses of historical research went into it, the strip is definitely written from a left-wing perspective. If you've seen the play or film version of 'Oh What a Lovely War' you'll know what I mean.
Officers are almost always upper-class toffs - who dine on good food in comfortable dugouts or billets while their men shiver in the trenches. The few good officers there are, are either cut down by the Germans - or end up ruthlessly sacrificed by the 'political-military' elite. Clearly that's how some people still see World War 1. There is no light or shade...
The trouble is, if you read the diaries of soldiers at the front (and I don't mean the World War 1 literature from the late 20s/early 30s like Rupert Graves "Goodbye to All That") you'll see a much richer and diverse picture.
Many ordinary soldiers felt at the time that the war had to be fought. Many officers in the British army actually came up from the ranks - sorry I know the strip would like to tell you all officers were toffs - but it just wasn't so. Soldiers in the main felt they were fighting for their country, because however appalling the war was - it had to be won.
Was it a disaster for European civilisation that the war happened? Of course it was. Were the huge sacrifices wasted by the country they come home to? Yes they were. After all, Britain had to go to war with Germany again 20 years later.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent series but I wish they would stop doing the Marxist rant about class in the editors intro!Published 15 months ago by Mr. G. J. Williams
The Battle of the Somme was becoming a little boring, so this volume is finishing it up in pain with its balance of losses and wins on one page (unnumbered like the episodes, which... Read morePublished on 26 July 2014 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
My brother really loves, loves, loves this series of books as he read all the series when he was youngerPublished on 11 April 2014 by Tracey Britton
it was perfectly on time... and the book was in really good conditions! evrything as expected! I would reccomend this product (a classical english comics about I WW) and i would... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Fabio
fantastic, loved this in comic strip form as a kid and love it now. got to get the whole collectionPublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by Wayne A. watkins
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