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Charley's War, Volume 1: 2 June - 1 August 1916 (Charley's War #1)

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From renowned UK comics writer Pat Mills (Marshal Law, Slaine) and legendary artist Joe Colquhoun (Johnny Red) comes a truly classic piece of graphic storytelling, by turns thrilling, horrifying and deeply moving.In 1916, Charley Bourne lies about his age to enlist and fight on the battlefields of France. But thoughts of glory and patriotism are swept aside by the bloody a ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Titan Books (first published 1985)
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Johnny
For those of a certain generation, who grew up with (and still read), comics such as the Haunted Tank, Sgt Rock, and Enemy Ace, Charley's War can come as a bit of a shock. In some ways, Charley's War makes the others seem like a Disney version of war comics, which is pretty surprising given some of the story lines especially in Sgt Rock and Enemy Ace.
Charley's War was a comics in the late 1970s which told the story of a young man that joins the British Army in the spring of 1916. While the vi
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Melissa Mcavoy
This is the first in a multi-volume compilation of a long running British cartoon strip. The illustration is heavily inked and dense and the subject matter: WW1, heavy and poignant and darkly witty. Charlie is none to bright, but a very decent kid, and his experiences in the trenches of WW1 are appropriately grim and moving. It is a great series to open older kids eyes to the horrors of war and give them some sense of what a pivotal event the Great War was and how different the world was before ...more
Jessi
I had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the style of this graphic novel. It has an excess of exclamation points, and because it was published in short bits as a serial, each issue has a brief synopsis at the beginning as well as footnotes about important events in previous issues. All that was a bit distracting, but once I adapted to it was a very moving read. It is set during World War I and is a true anti-war chronicle that delves into class issues, the disconnect between superior officers and ...more
Ryan
This comic book story of a naive, patriotic young British soldier in World War One captures the imagery of life and death in the trenches in gritty, brutal detail, probably better than any other illustrated work out there. As comics go, this is a sternly polemic one, the authors making no secret of their outrage at the politicians who sat safely at home, demanding victory at all costs from the young men doing the fighting, or at the ruthless inhumanity of some of the soldiers' own officers. Howe ...more
Marco Bucchioni
One of the best approach to the theme of World War I have ever seen. Authors like Ennis and Ellis, with their "I-want-to-shock-the-readers-at-any-cost" attitude, should learn much from Pat Mills and Colquhoun. Not a single drop of blood is depicted in the novel. Nevertheless the horrors of the war are described in a manner that I found overwhelming. It is surely a condemnation to the jangoism that led to the conflict; but, first of all, it's the story of a bunch of young and naive men sent to th ...more
Jo Bennie
Nov 30, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Charley's War is always brilliant, the collection of Battle comic strips of young Private Charley Bourne, fighting in the worst hells of the Western Front. In this collection we at the Front in August - October 1916, as the first 'landships', better known to us as tanks, are unleashed on the Germans. If the powers that be had used the full capacity of these new weapons the war would have been over, but as ever Mills and Colquhoun express the incompetence of the generals with brilliant black and ...more
Robert
Subversive drivel. Only to be viewed in order to know the twisted mindset of the enemy.
John Goodrich
Brilliant beginning to one of the most horrific and beautful comic series ever. Meticulosuly researched, brilliantly human, this is an excellent story, based on the British experience of World War One.
Damon
I liked this story. Smith 70 definitely has aspergur's syndrome.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
The whole "Charley's War" series is a superb read and isn't just for school-children who want to know a bit about the First World War, or an excellent way for teachers to teach the topic - it's just as interesting for all us amateur historians out there. Everything is meticulously researched and notes to each "chapter" expand on details.
Holly
This was an interesting look at WWI through the eyes of a British soldier. I don't know a whole lot about the individual battles of WWI, so it's educational to get some more details about a war that's been largely forgotten in the U.S.
Tammy
Amazing graphic novel of World War I. Started as weekly comic in Britian. Charley starts at the first British battle of the Somme. Black and White drawings bring the horror of war to life without being too gruesome.
Aujul Majdi
Feb 08, 2013 Aujul Majdi marked it as to-read
Very good depiction of atrocities in World War I. One of anti-war stories recommended for all anti-war activists to read
Peacegal
3.5 stars-- It's rather slow to start, but by the end its a gripping, heartbreaking, and darkly funny anti-war story.
Sancaka
blimey! beyond me expectation. am already saving to buy the bloody second volume :D
Emma
Classic. And look for possible 'War Horse' inspiration here . .
Dan
Strong, compelling and brutal.
Ted
Feb 15, 2013 Ted rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Pat Mills, born in 1949 and nicknamed 'the godfather of British comics', is a comics writer and editor who, along with John Wagner, revitalised British boys comics in the 1970s, and has remained a leading light in British comics ever since.

His comics are notable for their violence and anti-authoritarianism. He is best known for creating 2000 AD and playing a major part in the development of Judge
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Other Books in the Series

Charley's War (10 books)
  • Charley's War, Volume 2: 1 August - 17 October 1916
  • Charley's War, Volume 3: 17 October 1916 - 21 February 1917
  • Charley's War, Volume 4: Blue's Story
  • Charley's War, Volume 5: Return to the Front
  • Charley's War, Volume 6: Underground and Over the Top
  • Charley's War, Volume 7: The Great Mutiny
  • Charley's War, Volume 8: Hitler's Youth
  • Charley's War, Volume 9: Death from Above
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