The GeeksverseWinter War #1

Winter War #1
Published on Sunday, May 29, 2011 by

Published by: 215 Ink
Written & Penciled by: Kurt Belcher
Inked & Tones by: Henrik Horvath
Lettered by: Kurt Hathaway
Cover Art: Kurt Belcher & Henrik Horvath

This is one of the better books I’ve read that really helps humanize war and soldiers. It’s told from the point of view of a Finnish soldier, a sniper, during Russia’s invasion in 1939. It’s told from the point of view of Tero Toivanen.

The narrative is like excerpts taken from a novel. The scenes reenact what Tero is writing about. This issue is at it’s strongest when it’s Tero talking about what made him go to war and what it’s like to kill a man. I wonder if Belcher has served, and if so in what capacity, because he seems to be very familiar with what goes through the mind of a soldier about to kill a man.

The issue falters during the “downtime”, when it’s not Tero talking about war or being a soldier. The action is hard to follow and muddled in some parts, but the strength of the story is Tero.

There’s one scene in particular where the story and art come together to really drive home the point. Where Tero is talking about pausing before pulling the trigger and almost talking himself out of it. With each pull of the trigger, we see the effect on Tero and the death of the russian soldier. Each panel gets smaller until it’s an extreme close-up of Tero’s eyes and you can see the anguish.

Extremely well done sequance.

But like the story, when it’s not concentrating on Tero and his mission, the art falters. All the characters look generally the same. It was next to impossible to tell the three snipers apart at the beginning of the story. The action doesn’t flow very smoothly either.

But when it’s just Tero and his targets. The art is top notch.

Winter War #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

An excellant look at war from the eyes of a soldier.

Purchase Winter War #1 from Drive Thru Comics.

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