Video Games Have Always Trivialized Violence and ‘Fallout 76’ Is No Different
The world established in the video game series Fallout isn’t one any of us would want to live in. In an alternate timeline where the 1950s never ended and nuclear technology took prominence over miniaturized electronics, China and America fought a great war that ended in nuclear hellfire. It’s... Read more
‘Assassination Nation’ Digs Up the Roots of America’s Second Civil War
Teenage girls catch a lot of shit today. Turn on YouTube, go see a hacky comedian, or read any number of blogs and you’ll turn up a bunch of bad opinions about how teenage girls are the patient zero of modern society’s perceived narcissism epidemic. Men with fedoras swirl... Read more
See the Beautiful Stained Glass at the U.S. Air Force’s Mushroom Cloud Chapel
This story originally appeared on Sept. 14, 2014. Glass has a curious relationship with nuclear energy. That’s why it’s fitting to find a stained-glass depiction of a mushroom cloud in a U.S. Air Force chapel. The Strategic Air Command Chapel at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, is... Read more
‘The ‘Stan’ Is a Collection of Short Comics About a Long War
There was a time, around 2013 or so, that I secretly worried that the Afghanistan war might end. Yeah, that’s an odd concern for a political liberal and self-avowed pacifist. One who, to boot, had by that time been a war correspondent for eight long years in conflict zones... Read more
‘Peppermint’ Is the Shittiest Punisher Movie I’ve Ever Seen
In 2012, Thomas Jane starred in Dirty Laundry—a 10-minute short film where he played Frank Castle, the Punisher, and brutalized criminals with a Jack Daniels bottle. It’s fun. This was a full eight years after Jane had played Castle in a pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe version of The Punisher. The... Read more
Go to War With a U.S. Army Medic in ‘Machete Squad’
“Though rough around the edges, this episodic tale of military life has a gritty honesty, like a guy at a dive bar with a story to get off his chest.” That’s how Publishers Weekly describes Machete Squad, War Is Boring’s debut graphic novel from writers Brent Dulak, Kevin Knodell... Read more
These Officials Let 9/11 Happen
Powerful people, whose job it was to protect the U.S. public, made choices that facilitated the 9/11 attacks, according to an explosive new book. The Watchdogs Didn’t Bark: The CIA, NSA and the Crimes of the War on Terror by John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski is a harrowing, compelling... Read more
In ‘Operation Finale,’ Everybody Shits
The thing about keeping a captive war criminal hidden in a safe house while you wait to escape South America is that, at some point, the war criminal is going to need to shit. Pooping is at the heart of Operation Finale’s best scene. Operation Finale is a new... Read more
We Need Kids’ Shows About War
For family entertainment, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is remarkably complex. The animated Disney show is about military strategy, chain-of-command, civil-military relations, diplomacy and statecraft. More importantly, it’s about wartime ethics. What constitutes acceptable losses in battle? Would you torture a prisoner if you thought it would help save... Read more
‘BlackKklansman’ Nails the Comedic Terror of America’s White Supremacist Movement
When white supremacist leader Jason Kessler rose from the metro station at Unite the Right 2 in Washington, D.C., I had a hard time processing how tiny he was. For all his hateful rhetoric and bluster, Kessler is a small man. As his assorted crew of masked miscreants walked... Read more
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