Shooting War

Anthony Lappe, Author, Dan Goldman, Illustrator
Anthony Lappe, Author, Dan Goldman, Illustrator . Grand Central/Warner $21.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-4465-8120-2
Reviewed on: 11/12/2007
Release date: 11/01/2007
Paperback - 978-0-446-58130-1
Open Ebook - 978-0-446-56125-9
Hardcover - 200 pages - 978-0-297-85274-2
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A scathing near-future satire of the Iraqi occupation that rings with eerie plausibility, this Web comic-to-print hardcover collection follows a cocky young journalist named Jimmy Burns, who finds himself video-blogging across the front lines of Iraq in the year 2011. An accidental Internet celebrity transplanted suddenly to the Baghdad battlefields, Jimmy quickly progresses from arrogant to regretful, then jaded—in short, he is America in Iraq. As the world slowly disintegrates around him, Jimmy finds himself caught between the competing agendas of Muslim insurgents, the American military and a sensational cable news network as they all clamor for blood on the battlefields. Journalist and first-time graphic novelist Lappé takes obvious delight in skewering all three with a whip-smart, left-leaning indictment of both American media and foreign policy that offers little hope and fewer heroes. The bleak prognostications are cut with black humor and a penchant for explosions that keep the narrative moving. The collection adds 110 pages of new content to the Web version, and Goldman’s art, a cinematic blend of photography and digital painting, is framed in widescreen panels that lend an air of video documentary to a grim graphic novel that manages to make media—and the truth—seem more fluid than ever. (Nov.)

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