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The Other Side


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Jason Aaron made his comics debut in 2005 with a short story in Wolverine. The Other Side is his first major comics work, and he is also the writer of DC/Vertigo's Scalped. Cameron Stewart has contributed artwork to titles including Catwoman, Hellboy: Weird Tales, Hellblazer, Seaguy and Superman Adventures.


A war comic without heroism, Aaron and Stewart's uneven tale alternates sequences about two teenagers-red-blooded American Bill Everette and patriotic Vietnamese Vo Binh Dai-as they leave their homes and families and move toward the battlefield where each of them hopes to kill the enemy during the Vietnam War. Everette, drafted into a cynical, vulgar-mouthed, vulgar-minded platoon of Marines, desperately wants to survive, while Vo, a Buddhist who's slightly too idealistic to believe, longs to make a meaningful sacrifice for his national cause. The two combatants hallucinate constantly about death and decay; as the conflict enters the evocatively drawn landscape of the siege at Khe Sanh, the tone shifts from lurid grossness to bleak, smothering horror, and its stylized violence is sometimes hard to bear. Both Aaron's script and Stewart's crisp, impressionistic artwork (convincingly evoking the landscapes of the country and jungle, and colored in a palette that's mostly bloody reds and rotting greens) revolve around contrasts and reflections. But the title isn't just a reference to the opposing army: it suggests the way each of its protagonists is transformed, and loses his humanity by the process of being trained to kill. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Cameron Stewart's work is simply incredible. And as for Jason Aaron, his comic-book debut is one of the strongest I've read. Rating: Must-Have." - "This book isn't trying to be important, it just is. One of the very best comics Vertigo has published since Preacher. Highest possible recommendation." - Brian K. Vaughan, author of Y: The Last Man and Pride of Baghdad"

Gr 10 Up-This very graphic graphic novel presents the war in Vietnam from the viewpoint of one soldier on each side. The art, action portrayed, and story are not pretty. The conflict is gritty, bloody, and, indeed, Hell. Each soldier has his loved ones, his reason for fighting, and his fears. One lives (and lives with his memories) and one dies, but neither is better or worse or more righteous than the other. The book comes with a mature-readers warning and contains nudity and graphic violence; however, it offers a moral, realistic view of war and the costs incurred by it.-Dana Cobern-Kullman, Luther Burbank Middle School, Burbank, CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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