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It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi
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Jan 04, 12

bookshelves: 2011

three and a half stars really. this rating might have been even higher, had i not read it on the heels of joe sacco's palestine, which takes a similar approach and pushes it into more surprising and stimulating directions. there's something frank and sincere about this book that i enjoyed, but the exclusive scope of death/pointlessness ends up being a bit of a limitation. the artwork fits the sentiment nicely, with its comic-chiaroscuro and minimal-but-effective traces of gore. when i read sacco, i thought to myself "journalistic comics! i wish there was a whole genre of this!" it's nice to know that there sort of is, actually...

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