Army @ Love: Volume 1 - The Hot Zone Club

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Publishers Weekly

Veitch is one of comics' most deeply cracked satirists, and the concept behind his new series is as bizarre as they come: a forced coupling of romantic soap opera and war-story action, bound together with a heavy dose of tar-black comedy about the corrupting force of globalized American capitalism. It's set a few years in the future, when America's war in "Afbaghistan" has gotten a shot in the arm from its "Motivation & Morale" division, which is in charge of making military service irresistibly sexy to thrill-seeking youth. (The Hot Zone Club is for people who've had the "ultimate peak experience" of sex under fire.) The central romance plot concerns a sleazy stage magician/soldier named Flabbergast, whose lover chats on a cellphone with her husband during firefights; the story's overcrowded with dozens of subplots and minor characters, including a secretary of war who collects celebrity hair clippings and a military-robot operator with Down syndrome who's got a mother so overbearing she intimidates insurgent raiders. Veitch's lacerating writing riffs on clich├ęs both military and erotic-usually both at once-and his artwork does the same, conflating the glamorous lushness of fashion ads with the scrappy precision of combat journalism and vintage war comics. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 11 Up -This satirical story takes place during a U.S.-led war in Afghanistan in "the not too distant future." Colonel Healey, a former high-ranking corporate executive at a top cola company, is charged with heading the new "Motivation and Morale" department. Using his background in the "deep-psyche consumer profiling" of young people, he creates a horrible and ingenious way to retain and recruit new soldiers in a long, unsuccessful war: make it "an adrenaline junkie's dream." That is, fill it with enough sex, power, drugs, money, and technology to create a violent Dionysian frenzy to rival any hyperrealistic video game or MTV spring break. Given this overarching plot, the action is fast paced and the nudity is frequent. There are, however, enough interesting (albeit untrustworthy) characters, puzzling twists, and enticing relationships to keep the story grounded. Frames are playful as well as dynamic, and Erskine's inking is vibrant. Veitch posits some interesting critiques that provide an invitation to mature teens to examine consumer, moral, and political culture in the United States. While the promise of titillation may draw them in, this future is a dark and schizophrenic place, and thought-provoking discussion will surely follow.-Shannon Peterson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401214746
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 10/3/2007
  • Series: ARMY @ LOVE
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.15 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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