This tale is as stark as the bold black-and-white design work of artist David B. The U.S. involvement in the Middle East slough of despond (195384) written by Filiu is crisp, unblinking, and straightforward. Any interpretations or commentaries of the events are carried in the surreal graphics that march relentlessly along in a gloriously inevitable parade, panel after panel. It's a sad and frightening story told clearly for those who are too young to remember the times and a grim and jarring reminder to those of us who lived through it.
Verdict Eisner Award nominee B. and award-winning historian Filiu team up to tackle a convoluted but extremely important bit of history. The outcome is an easy-to-follow graphic essay of events. The actual hand lettering is a little clunky and difficult to read at times, but overall this is a strong work for young readers and adults alike.Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ
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