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VOYALomax offers a gritty, detailed, and complex account of the first Gulf War in this graphic novel, told mainly through the eyes of Scott "Journal" Neithammer. A hardened war correspondent famous for his coverage of the Vietnam War, Journal is coaxed out of retirement in January of 1991. After arriving in Saudi Arabia, Journal chafes under the restrictions placed on the media by the Pentagon. Journal and his young Sri Lankan photographer set out on their own on a dangerous journey into Kuwait to get the "real" story of the war and the soldiers and civilians living (and dying) through it. Lomax alternates hair-raising accounts of Journal's adventures with thorough descriptions of weapons and combat. The emphasis on the technical aspects of the weapons will probably appeal to military buffs but will get tiresome for other readers. Fortunately, strong characters and a subplot about Journal's relationship with his daughter add emotional interest. The all black-and-white illustrations match the grim, documentary tone of the novel, but overall the artwork feels more functional than expressive. This work will give readers a richer understanding of the current Iraq situation as it examines the political, historical, social, and military aspects of the first Gulf War. Tough questions, such as "Was the war fought primarily for oil?" and "Were the war protesters simply naive?" are raised but no easy answers are given. Instead Lomax focuses on the bravery of average American soldiers facing a dangerous and difficult situation. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed bookrecommended for Young Adults; Graphic Novel Format). 2004, ibooks, 216p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.