Charley's War: Underground and Over the Top v. 6 Hardcover – 23 Oct 2009
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"Timelessly relevant and well researched, this is a comics classic." --Publishers Weekly
Darkly spectacular...poignant and intelligently anti-war --LA Times
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 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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Charley and his comrades have joined the "Clay Kickers" who are engaged in digging tunnels to place explosives under the German guns and trenches at Messines.
As ever with Charley's War the writing is of the highest standard and the art work exemplary.
In this volume we see the dedication of the clay kickers to finishing the job and the sacrificies they would make. There is more conflict between comrades and in particular antagonism aimed at a conscientious objector who has been forced to join up.
The story also moves to the "Bull Ring" (a large camp and training facility) at Etaples, where our heroic Tommy's are poorly treated by bullying instructors.
We are introduced to foraging,scavenging,thieving and violent deserters (sandbaggers),who have set up a parallel existence in caves, hills and forests in the areas surrounding the camp at Etaples and we see the spark of mutiny light the proverbial fuse, as the mistreatment of the soldiers in the "Bull Ring" reaches a fatal climax.
Another quite excellent volume but I agree completely with the previous reviewer, why , oh,why only one volume per year - it's a bit frustrating to say the least !
It was the images attention to detail that had me hook,line and sinker.
Even as an "adult" those same images reveal so much more to me.
The best ones don't have any dialouge, which allows them to emphasise the insanity and injustices
of War. Lookout for a "Ghost of War" in the back-ground of one of these amazing drawings.
Some episodes print quality is a bit on the poor side, but Pat explains the problems
he had sourcing some original copies.
Occasionally the dialogue is very much on the "crummy" side. Yes its a comic strip.
But why have Charley uttering the same statement twice in one dialogue bubble?
Once in his own dialect and then in the Queen's English. Kids are not that stupid.
Several of the German Soliders receive similar treatment to their ability to speak but always from their standard issue "Talking Action-Man phrase book"
What a way to keep Joe Colquhoun's utterly amazing images of War in circulation to inform the
following generations how brutal "The War to End All Wars" was.
Least We Forget
Not the best book in the series, but still essential reading for anyone interested in this period of history!
plus it takes me back only instead of waiting a week for the next episode, i have to wait until october, but its worth the wait,
The stories are wonderful, the drawings are simply stunning and even the introduction and chapter commentary are full of fantastic snippets of information about the war or the process of writing or editing a comic in the 1970's.
If you've never read any of the Charley's War books before then I envy you! Go buy the first one now and set aside a couple of hours when it arrives as you won't want to put it down.
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