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The 'Nam, Vol. 1 (The 'Nam #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Don't worry about choosing sides, because this far into the heart of darkness things get pretty gray. Follow Private Ed Marks and his fellow soldiers through a jungle of blood, lies, betrayal, and valor. It's the war that defined a generation, where the heroes may not be super, but they're all too human. Collects The 'Nam #1-10.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published December 2nd 2009 by Marvel (first published January 1st 1987)
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Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war-vietnam, war
I have been aware of this series since I was a teenage comic collector in the 80's, so I was thrilled to discover the first 20 issues available on Marvel Digital Unlimited. 10 issues in, and it definitely lives up to the hype I have built up over the years. Golden's art is cartoony enough to soften the blow of the stories' darkness while bringing a taste of humor and harking back to the classic EC books.

The story works out in real time, with each issue corresponding to a month -- beginning with
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, war-comics
By far the best war comic ever produced by Marvel. Writer Doug Murray, a two-tour veteran of the Vietnam War, brings a solid core of realism to the book, despite the fact that Marvel was still operating under the Comics Code Authority when the series was produced in the late 1980s. Of particular note are the portrayals of firefights by Murray and artists Michael Golden and Wayne VanSant, which capture the chaos, confusion and fear of combat in a way that very few war comics have ever managed to ...more
Todd Glaeser
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Michael Golden artwork is the star here. That the story was told in real time and people come and go was probably not good for sales in single issues, but isn't really detrimental in the collected version.
Soobie can't sleep at night
Se penso a cos'è riuscito a fare Jacques Tardi con Era la guerra delle trincee, senza dover sottostare al Comic Code...

L'ho letto per curiosità. Comprato di mia sponte, tra l'altro. Mi è piaciuta molto l'edizione Panini con la copertina rigida e tutto il resto.

Si nota che i disegni risalgono agli anni Ottanta. L'immagine ha poca profondità e chi ha messo i colori sembrava vagamento sotto acido. E poi, sì, insomma, sono i tipici disegni da fumetto americano. Poca gioia per gli occhi.

La storia è u
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Adrian Nieto
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Siendo Marvel, uno podria esperar una historia sin respeto a la realidad, o con al menos dos o 3 superheroes (de hecho, intentaron meter superheroes, pero cuando el autor supo, les boto la historia :3), pero en realidad toman las experiencias del autor y de sus amigos, gente que conocio en Vietnam y que platico con el, y son puestas en los comics, haciendo una historia que, aun cuando no es muy critica de la situacion politica, o de el uso intenso de drogas en esa epoca, en su lugar tenemos una ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good solid stories of US soldier life in the field during the Vietnam conflict as seen by a young soldier. The stories were an excellent balance of drama and even humor. One of aspects I liked most is this was published around 1987, after the actual US involvement in Vietnam, but well before today's modern hyper-patriotism. At the time, Vietnam was a very unpopular conflict. Unlike today's rush to consider all of the soldiers 'heroes,' in this tale--just like with people everywhere, they are goo ...more
A.G. Claymore
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This collects ten of the first twelve issues (which are the best issues, in my opinion). Murray and Golden made an excellent team. I still remember reading the first story in Savage Tales and wishing there was more of it. As a young soldier (in the eighties) I was able to relate to the story of a new private, trying to find his way in two alien cultures (Vietnam and the Army) though my own experiences were limited to the relative safety of Europe.
The writing is as gritty as the code would allow
Randy Lander
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I remembered liking what I read of this series, but it was better than I remembered it, especially as it moved along, and by issue six, it's starting to get really good. The art by Michael Golden is beautiful, and the other guest artist is pretty solid as well. Great stuff, and it's clear that editor Larry Hama and writer Doug Murray were very concerned with verisimilitude.
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Vietnam War as done by the House of Marvel seems like it would not be well done. That however is wrong. The writer served in Vietnam. Each issue takes place in "real time" There is a glossary to explain all the various era-specific terminology. Language and depiction of violence is as accurate as was allowed under the Comic Code. Overall quite well done.
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, when I was in the fourth grade, I only read this comic book, about soldiers in Viet Nam. Everyone else read X-Men, Spider Man, whatever else normal kids read. Why was I into this? I don't know. But it holds up, surprisingly.
Wilson Lanue
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, graph-com
Written by a Vietnam vet and edited by another, each issue is a stand-alone story set in the early days of American involvement in Vietnam. This is as real the war is likely to get in the pages of a comic book.
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent first person accounts from young soldiers and nurses about what they went through in Vietnam and the attitudes and difficulties they faced when returning home to an America that disowned them. Gripping, morbid and moving.
Khairul Hezry
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
How appropriate for Marvel to re-release this collection at a time when the US is experiencing the same problems in the Middle East.
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Other Books in the Series

The 'Nam (5 books)
  • The 'Nam, Vol. 2
  • The 'Nam, Vol. 3
  • The 'Nam, Vol. 1. Parte I
  • The 'Nam, Vol. 1. Parte II