The GeeksverseREVIEW: Our Army At War

REVIEW: Our Army At War
Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 by

Written by: Mike Marts
Art by: Victor Ibanez
Colored by: Ego
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Chris Conroy
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Cover: Joe Kubert

I’m so glad I picked this up. It was a spur of the moment kind of thing. Looked at it and thought “hmm, I need another book to review” and so I grabbed it.

DC’s doing a series of tributes, I guess you could say, to their old WW2 books. This is the first that comes out, a Sgt. Rock tale, with a cover by the man that made Rock famous, Joe Kubert.

The tale is extremely interesting. It jumps back and forth through time, from WW2 after Pearl Harbor and to Afghanistan after 9/11.

Both events are used to shape the lives of the stories two protagonists. Corporal Anthony Sigliano and Master Sergeant Keyon Jasper.

The tales are interwoven and one moving smoothly into the next. A conversation starts in the past and continues in the future and then back to the past. Actions mirror actions. Both men doing the same things, just years apart.

And it all comes together nicely at the end.

Well written and well crafted tale about being a soldier and serving with other soldiers.

The art is excellant, fitting the tone of the story. In the prettier forests of French, the art is smoother and brighter. In the deserts of Afghanistan, the art is rougher, darker, hazier. Nicely detailed. The artist has to be tops in layouts to make this story work. The transition from Afghan to France is smooth, not rough. Each panel working together nicely, as if it was one solid story.

The spots where they have to mirror eachother, Ibanez handles great. Making them the same, yet different, reflecting the times and the two men.

This is probably one of the better books I’ve read in awhile. Just a well crafted book.

Our Army At War receives:
5 out of 5

Excellant book. Well done.

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