Monday, August 20, 2007

War Fix

This is a graphic novel adaptation of a piece by journalist David Axe. The story itself is pretty intriguing. It chronicles the experiences of a journalist who decides to go to Iraq to cover the invasion in 2003. In the process, he discovers much more about himself than about the conflict.

The art was done by graphic artist Stephen Olexa. It’s unique and high-quality, but I was left wondering how familiar Olexa is with comics. The layouts are confusing, and tricks like border breakouts, panel combinations and varying fonts are used way too heavily. It’s great as graphic art, but muddled in terms of graphic novels. All in all, it’s an unusual and compelling read.


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