In 1916, Charley Bourne lies about his age to enlist and fight
on the battlefields of France He has survived four months
on the lines so far, but is facing the most dedicated German
counteroffensive yet: the attack of the "Judgement Troopers"...
latest volume of Charley's War covers the period between
17 October 1916 and 21 February 1917. It takes us through
Charley's final days in the trenches - where he is helping
defend the British position against the most ruthless of German
forces - the "Judgement Troopers".
also sees our hero return home, to Blighty, and follows him
as he has to readjust to life after the atrocities he's witnessed.
As with previous volumes, this collection doesn't show a one
sided view of the war. It shows that both sides were responsible
for some pretty diabolical acts, and that both sides thought
they were doing the right thing. While the Germans use of
gasses in the trenches is seen as barbaric, so too is the
British use of machine guns.
the stories are incredibly well constructed, it is the artwork
that stands out as the main attraction. While this collection
is reprinted in A4, there are still images that I wish could
have been blown up much bigger so that we could get a better
look at the fine detail.
in this collection include an interview with artist Joe Colquhoun,
constructed from the only known interview he ever gave; a
feature on the reality of the bombing of Britain during the
First World War; and a strip commentary, by author Pat Mills,
that breaks down some of the issues he had with each chapter.
This also reveals the real history behind some of the events
that happen in the strip.
third volume, is an absolute winner from beginning to end.
The only problem I had was that it ends on such an exciting
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