War can be addictive. So testifies journalist David Axe who’s been there, in the middle of the action in Iraq. The high is potent no matter how much you know how dangerous it is... Here’s Axe’s journal of dealing with his addiction, the high, the sheer excitement of being in there, in the battle, the cost to his life, never mind the threat. A new form of visceral self-analyzing comics journalism starts with this book... An allegory for the US?
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Several things make ¿War-Fix¿ stand out. First off, there¿s something so compelling about participatory journalism when it comes to war coverage. When then-just-promoted ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was gravely injured in Iraq earlier this year, a lot of coverage was turned on to his plight and that of his family ¿ but it felt no different that an amplified version of the various individual tales heard from time to time or celebrity deaths like Pat Tillman. ¿War-Fix¿ is the equivalent of reading, say, Woodruff¿s or Tillman¿s diaries ¿ unfiltered fears, stories of boredom, un-soundbyte-friendly conversations with anxious G.I.¿s, etc. When you watch the evening news, you hear only what is related in short, three-minute bursts. When you read ¿War-Fix,¿ you are there ¿ feeling the writer¿s emotions and those of the people around him. On top of that, the unflinching art ¿ not overly dramatic, but often torturous ¿ comes from actual photographs taken by Axe and sent home to Olexa, who worked on this project as Axe was in Iraq. Nothing feels anything but photo-real, down to the handwriting on a note found on the body of a soldier who was not-so-swiftly drowning in a canal after a Bradley Fighting Vehicle turned over, the note reading: ¿This is my life. I give it.¿ ¿War-Fix¿ is a brilliant, challenging text and once again shows the level of artistry that can be found in comic books these days. While certain documentaries (¿Gunner Palace,¿ for instance) have tackled the war in ways the television news can¿t or won¿t, the combination of the art and the writing of ¿War-Fix¿ shines a thoughtful and emotional light on the current conflict (and other) like few are able to do.