Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ Is the Vetsploitation Story America Needs
This story contains spoilers for The Punisher Wetwork like this always happens in a basement. There’s the sound of flesh on flesh and a splash of blood on the concrete. There are blackouts, ghosts of the dead and the street noise of Kandahar. There’s a man business casual covered... Read more
Check Out This Exquisite Art From ‘The Forever War’ Graphic Novel
It’s too neat and tidy to say combat causes post-traumatic stress. There is something to be said for the alienation which ex-soldiers experience in an atomized, individualistic society after leaving a tightly-knit group of warriors — who share deep bonds and loyalties between them borne from shared experiences. Civilian... Read more
The Sublime Satire That Is ‘The Forever War’ in Comics
I first read Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War as a teenager. It was one of my father’s favorite novels and a salient work of military science fiction for the Vietnam generation. He was glad the U.S. government never called up his draft number and sent him into that nightmare.... Read more
What ‘Tales From the Crypt’ Taught Us About Illustrating War
This story originally appeared on Aug. 21, 2013. Comic shops are full of war stories. The Unknown Soldier is a bleak book about a haunted man with a face wrapped in bandages waging a lone war against the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group. The Pride of Baghdad tells... Read more
Domestic Terrorists Target Journalism in ‘The Nightly News’
It’s a clear, sunny day in New York City when the protesters gather on Wall Street. The World Bank and IMF are there “for their semi-annual Third World Gangbang,” and the protesters arrive to shout into the darkness. In a skyscraper looming over the city, a sniper looks out the... Read more
The World’s Highest War … in Comics
In 1984, India and Pakistan went to war over the Siachen Glacier. A 2003 ceasefire halted most of the fighting, but troops from both sides are still facing off and losing more soldiers every year to the climate, altitude and avalanches than to enemy fire. The extreme environment and... Read more
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Old Pentagon Cartoons Joked About Army-Air Force Rivalry
Ever since splitting the U.S. Air Force from the U.S. Army in 1947, the Pentagon has had to manage bickering and rivalry – sometimes playful and sometimes deadly serious – between the two services. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, one newsletter did all it could to try... Read more
Revisiting ‘Pride of Baghdad’s’ Haunting Iraq War Allegory
Almost a decade after its initial release, Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon’s Pride of Baghdad is still heartbreaking. The graphic novel recounts the fall of Baghdad during the 2003 American invasion as seen through the eyes of a pride of lions that fled the Baghdad Zoo. It’s inspired by... Read more
The CIA’s ‘Freedom Fighter’s Manual’ Is One of the Lamest Comic Books You’ll Never Read
The Central Intelligence Agency’s Freedom Fighter’s Manual has to be one of the most curious works of propaganda the U.S. government has ever published. For one, it’s a comic book. But that’s not the weirdest thing about the Manual. Released during the Contras’ war with the Sandinista government in Nicaragua during... Read more