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Goddamn This War!

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Author: Jacques Tardi & Jean-Pierre Verney
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 140
Dimensions: 8.25" x 10.75"
Colors: full color
Year: 2013
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-582-2
Additional Details: translated by Helge Dascher; edited by Kim Thompson

Price: $24.99

 


Eisner Award Nominee Seal2014 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material

One of Mark Burrier's Top 5 Comics of 2013 at the Atomic Books Blog

One of Joe Gordon's Best Comics of 2013 at the Forbidden Planet International Blog

Created 15 years after the completion of his Eisner Award-winning World War I masterwork It Was the War of the Trenches, Tardi's Goddamn This War! is no mere sequel or extension, but a brand new, wholly individual graphic novel that serves as a companion piece to Trenches but can be read entirely on its own.

Vastly different sequentially (eschewing Trenches' splintered narrative, Goddamn is split into six chronological chapters, one for each year of the war), graphically (Tardi deploys his more recent pen-ink-and-watercolor technique, with the bold colors of the early chapters fading into a grimy near-monochrome in the later ones as the war drags on), and narratively (all of Goddamn is told, with insight, dark wit and despair, as a first-person reminiscence/narration by an unnamed soldier), Goddamn This War! shares with Trenches its sustained sense of outrage, pitch-black gallows humor, and impeccably scrupulous historical exactitude.

In fact, Goddamn This War! includes an extensive year-by-year historical text section written by Tardi's frequent World War I research helpmate, the historian and collector Jean-Pierre Verney, including dozens of stunning rare photographs and visual documents from his personal collection.

"As brutal and horrific as the Great War itself, this book rivals All Quiet on the Western Front when it comes to the insane idiocy of the conflict." – Max Brooks

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