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Charley's War: 2 June- 1 August 1916

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From renowned UK comics writer Pat Mills (Marshal Law, Sláine) and legendary artist Joe Colquhoun (Johnny Red) comes a truly classic piece of graphic storytelling, by turns thrilling, horrifying and deeply moving. In 1916, Charley Bourne lies about his age to enlist and fight on the battlefields of France. But thoughts of glory and patriotism are swept aside by the bloody artillery barrage of horror and needless sacrifice amidst the trenches of the First World War.

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Overview

From renowned UK comics writer Pat Mills (Marshal Law, Sláine) and legendary artist Joe Colquhoun (Johnny Red) comes a truly classic piece of graphic storytelling, by turns thrilling, horrifying and deeply moving. In 1916, Charley Bourne lies about his age to enlist and fight on the battlefields of France. But thoughts of glory and patriotism are swept aside by the bloody artillery barrage of horror and needless sacrifice amidst the trenches of the First World War.

Rich in the detailed minutiae of the terror-punctuated existence of a Tommy', or British soldier, Charley's War features a brand new introduction by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and background material created exclusively for this volume!

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Editorial Reviews

Andrew Harrison
"The attention to detail is mesmerising... Charley's War is simply the greatest British comic strip ever created."
Word Magazine, December 2004
Publishers Weekly
Created with passionate love and hate, this continuing story from the 1979 British weekly Battle Action focuses on the plight of common soldiers during WWI. Young Charley Bourne is in some ways the ideal enlisted man: he's not especially bright, but he believes devoutly in his king and country and is certain that he and his comrades will triumph because of their natural superiority to foreigners. He soon learns better. The Allies are bogged down in muddy trenches, shooting at the enemy across a shell-torn no man's land, while most of their officers are either sadistic martinets or doddering fools. Charley's courage and his fellowship with his "mates" are genuine; so, however, is the pointless slaughter of young men. The story builds up to the Battle of the Somme, a historical catastrophe that resulted in virtually unchanged battle lines despite over a million casualties. Mills's carefully researched scripts bristle with rage at the hardships the soldiers endured and the society that betrayed them. An especially effective touch is the use of interpolated scraps of Charley's letters, where he struggles not to tell his family how awful his experience is, followed by their pathetically ignorant, patriotic replies. Colquhoun's dark brushwork is lovingly detailed and horribly convincing. Timelessly relevant and well researched, this is a comics classic. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840236279
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 4/22/2005
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.93 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Mills
Pat Mills

John Wagner is the co-creator of Judge Dredd , Strontium Dog, Ace Trucking Co. and
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