Charley's War
2 June 1916 - 1 August 1916

Author: Pat Mills
Artist: Joe Colquhoun
Titan Books
RRP 14.99, US $19.95
ISBN 1 84023 627 2
Available 24 November 2004

In 1916, Charley Bourne lies about his age to fight on the battlefields of France. But thoughts of glory and patriotism are swept aside by the bloody artillery barrage of horror and needless sacrifice amidst the trenches of the First World War...

Just about every war story has been told and the genre has very few surprise left. Charley's War, when it was originally printed in Battle, was a breath of fresh air in a crowded marketplace. An antiwar story in a pro-war comic. And it is great to see that it still holds its own.

There's plenty of emotion tied up in this hardback graphic novel - and many critics have already heralded this story as an outstandingly realistic portrayal of life on the front lines of the First World War.

Charley's War is an beautiful collection of strips which that show the horrors and stupidity of war in all their twisted glory. By the time you've finished reading this you'll feel as though you were alongside Charley in the trenches.

Anyone unfamiliar with the series really should get hold of a copy of this beautiful graphic novel - anyone who is familiar with it won't need any encouragement to buy this.

Pete Boomer

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