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Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965

2.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  82 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Joe Kubert, one of the most influential storytellers in comics history, tells the harrowing, true story of a detachment of Special Forces soldiers on a simple recon mission into the village of Dong Xoai, Vietnam, that turned suddenly deadly.DONG XOAI, VIETNAM 1965 has a unique perspective, since Kubert based the story on extensive information gathered from the surviving me ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 2010)
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Paul Schulzetenberg
This kind of beautifully-drawn, but vapid and overly-simplistic crap is what gives honest-to-god real graphic novels a bad name. I should have realized what I was getting into, but I didn't see the DC comics logo on the book until after I had committed to reading it. This is a book about a battle in Vietnam, a battle that was basically lost through incompetence and poor planning, much like the whole war. And yet, the book treats it as a thing to be glorified, a type of "America got beat, but now ...more
Jamie
Jun 04, 2010 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This was a surprisingly ineffective effort by a master storyteller and the king of war comics. Kubert eschewed standard panel-to-panel storytelling for a series of illustrations, one to three on a page, surrounded by captions that either contain dry, factual narration or bits of dialogue from the characters. No word balloons, then, instead a caption next to the speaker (maybe), with his name/colon/the line, like in a script. It so distances the reader from the characters, I never knew who anyone ...more
Artur Coelho
Sep 23, 2011 Artur Coelho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
É com alguma ironia que se anota que Kubert foi um dos responsáveis de Sgt. Rock, personagem clássico da DC que representa o heroísmo glorificado do homem de combate e da guerra como ambiente sedutor. Mas nas mãos de Kubert e Kanigher o personagem conseguia fugir a estes estereótipos, algo de revolucionário para a época e para o meio.

Neste genial Dong Xoai não há guerras glorificadas, heróis que enfrentam chuvas de balas com um sorriso e uma frase máscula. Kubert conta uma história à volta de u
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Adan
Feb 05, 2016 Adan rated it it was amazing
Excellent account of a special forces detachment in Dong Xoai, Vietnam, during one of the most important battles of the war. While it is based on true events, Kubert did fictionalize some of the team interactions before and during the battle. At the end, however, there is a prose section written by the survivors of the battle that is an invaluable resource for anybody wanting to learn more about American and South Vietnamese strategy, tactics, and operations during the Vietnam War.
Anthony
Nov 12, 2010 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Joe Kubert is one of the comic book masters who writes about things I find interesting. While Eisner writes about everyday life, or the Jewish experience, Kubert mostly writes about war. Dong Xoai is a fictionalized account of a real battle that took place in the early part of the Vietnam War. It mixes personal accounts from soldiers on the ground with sketches and images, some of which are very accurate.

I've loved war comics since the Hama days at Marvel, but this story is real. In a real war,
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Matthew
The newest OGN from one of the masters of comics. Set during the early days of the Vietnam War, this book tells the story of a company of elite soldiers sent to a Vietnamese village to train a company of local soldiers. The training gets all too real when they find the village is directly in the marching lines of the northern army. Although fictionalized, the story is based on real events Kubert drew out of a series of interviews he conducted to create the book. The artwork is stunning---done in ...more
Brian
May 08, 2015 Brian added it
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This is an illustrated account of a base in Vietnam that came under massive assault. Many died. Having lived through this war and being subjected to the draft (although I had a high draft number in the lottery), this folly of the U.S. still interests me, especially of the debacle that is the result of our invasion of Iraq.
Michal Huniewicz
Well-drawn, but simplistic and quite primitive story glorifying the American Army; poorly-told and with no depth.
Theophilus (Theo)
Jan 30, 2013 Theophilus (Theo) rated it it was amazing
I am usually not a fan of graphic novels, but this one is special. A very gripping story of real heroism. These men were all heroes and deserve the nation's respect and honor. For me, the graphic novel tends to move very slowly, but at the end of that story things really pickup. The back story and the supplemental material supplied by the actual team members who survived the battle are tremendous. First-person narratives tell the story from the perspectives of the actual participants which to me ...more
Russell
Aug 22, 2015 Russell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully drawn, but the worst kind of jingoistic, hyper-militaristic garbage.
Marcos Piolla
Oct 02, 2014 Marcos Piolla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic work! Magnificent draughtsman!!!
Illizt
Aug 03, 2014 Illizt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a little boring
Earl Pike
Jul 04, 2015 Earl Pike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect read for today. Not nearly as deep as it could have been but I feel like the Vietnam story market is saturated and influenced by cinema. Kubert does a nice job with artwork to convey the tragedies and frustrations of the war. All in all, not the best and certainly not the worst. Give it a read, it's short. Happy Independence Day!
Kent
This book glorifies war and the special forces soldier. That is no surprise since it was written from the perspective of a special forces soldier. Aside from that criticism, I liked reading this fictional account of a real event in the early stages of the Vietnam War. Readers interested in "war stories" will probably enjoy this one.
Joshlynn
This feels more like a glimpse into Kubert's process than an actual finished work of art. Taken as such, I'm enjoying it, since Kubert is one of the best of the best, and it's a treat to get to look at his assured penciling. But as a reading experience, it's pretty non-notable so far.
Ernest
Dec 07, 2012 Ernest rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The line drawing black and white style is beautiful. Can't say that I like the writing and the storytelling, but the art makes this a worthwhile read.
Ajj
Mar 15, 2011 Ajj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This tale of Special Forces activities in a remote part of Vietnam is interesting but is badly told and is very uncreative in its use of art.
Jacob
Dec 15, 2010 Jacob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring over-glorification of an American point of view of one battle of the Vietnam War. Illustrations were good, but I didn't really enjoy this one.
PJ Ebbrell
Good art with basic story, brave attempt to do change the format of the graphic novel with different layouts and type.
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Joe Kubert is a Jewish-American comic book artist who went on to found the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He is best known for his work on the DC Comics characters Sgt. Rock and Hawkman. His sons, Andy Kubert and Adam Kubert, have themselves become successful comic-book artists.

Kubert's other creations include the comic books Tor, Son of Sinbad, and Viking Prince, and, with writer R
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