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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.