So unfortunatly this will be my last annual review of Charleys War. For readers new to Charley, do not buy this book. Buy the first then work your way through. That is what this masterpeice of British War Comic's deserves.
"The End" was probably chosen as a title by Pat Mills, as he considered without him , Charleys war had finished. He was completley wrong (not for the first time). The remaining years of Charleys war (WW2)had some of the most exciting and poignant story arcs in the whole series. Here we see Charley and the slightly undeveloped redshirts of his section as part of the 1918 British advance. The thrill of breaking the stalemate and anticipation on the war ending is palpable. Joe Colquhoun as always did not fail in his incredible detail, accurracy or portrayal of character. Captain Snell, by now a little cartoonish in his actions, is beautifully Nutso in expression. His "Over the Top Chaps" frame shows a different Snell to that which we know. He is so mad that he is actually no longer a coward!
The POW section has a great character in Guttenheim, who I had forgotton about. I did start to wonder if Charley could not be written into any and every experience of the war. Perhaps he could have had a couple of pages as a office boy in Staff HQ? That might have allowed Mills to vent some pressure against specific Generals? The RCW of 1919 is well played and Charley as a full screw is good to see. Interesting parts of history, such as Armoured Trains are finely detailed.
In overview, buy it. You have to. I hope that Titan, despite the title, do not listen to Mills and let such awesome characters such as Gefriter Klaust, the young SDKFZ222 gunner and "Atilla the Hun" (Oberst of a Squadron of PZKW MKIVD's)have their place in graphic novel appreciation again. Dunkirk was spectacularly portrayed. Please Titan. Just do them!
Since this may well be my last review, lets take Pat's commentry. He does not dissapoint. "The Lusitania was sunk because of Winston Churchill. British workers hated the idea of fighting against the "Russian Workers", attempting to overthrow the "imperialist capitalist running dog lackeys". It is all the usual pointless tripe served up to kids in the 1980s in an attempt to be subtle, and in case those kids now reading in 2013 diddnt get it, he grabs his Mighty Foam Hammer of Socialist Marxist Engalist, Juchism Justice and attempts to bludgeon his ravings home, oblivious of the personal embarrassment that he brings on himself and the tarnishing of the memories of a truly great comic.