For all you military and war history buffs out there, I’m completely onboard with the graphic novels that depict war, past, present and future. Particularly the stories based on true stories.
Here’s the Fall 2020 lineup coming out of Dead Reckoning which even has one that’s a movie streaming on Netflix currently, which looks like a great addition to my Netflix queue.
By Jean-Yves Delitte and Giuseppe Baiguera
In the history of civilizations, sea power has always played a preponderant role. This symbol of a nation’s scientific and military genius has very often been the deciding factor during major conflicts, putting the names of several clashes down into legend. With this collection, Jean-Yves Delitte and Giuseppe Baiguera plunge you into the heart of three of the twentieth century’s greatest naval battles:
Tsushima, Jutland, and Midway.
“This is an immersive tour of war at sea in the twentieth century that brings readers alongside sailors and pilots in the battles that shaped the modern world. Delitte and Baiguera are masters of the form, crafting elaborate comics art to recreate time and place in ways that will transport, teach, and thrill you.” —Jeff Parker (James Bond: Origin, X-men First Class, The Hulk and Batman ’66)
9781682475249 | 21 October 2020 | Paperback and eBook
Edited by Michael J. Vassallo; Art Restoration by Allan Harvey
Atlas at War! collects fifty hard-hitting stories from Atlas Comics, the company that became Marvel Comics and published more war titles than anyone in the industry between 1951 and 1960. Comics historian Dr. Michael J. Vassallo has chosen the best of the best, many of which are coming back into print for the first time, from sixteen different Atlas war titles and featuring the artwork of twenty different artists—giants of the genre, including Russ Heath, John Severin, Bernie Krigstein, Joe Maneely, Jerry Robinson, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby. Each page has been meticulously restored from its first printing by comic art restorer Allan Harvey.
Atlas at War! covers the brutal pre-code period where graphic depictions of war action were rendered by artists who were World War II veterans themselves, as well as the post-code period, where code restrictions forced creators to tell stories without graphic violence but produced some of the most beautiful comic art of the genre. In addition to the artists, stories cover all aspects of war—from famous campaigns, weaponry, and personal soldier stories to political topics, Nazi atrocities, and even one story tinged with pre-code horror! Often overlooked in favor of its competitors, Atlas at War! will finally show that Atlas’ war titles were second to no one.
“Michael Vassallo knows more than anybody in the Marvel Universe about the rich history of the company’s comics. His grasp and insights are astonishing! Make mine Michael’s!” —Craig Yoe, curator of Don Winslow of the Navy and Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups
“Atlas at War! is a treasure trove of lost war classics.” —PJ Holden, artist for The Stringbags
9781682474709 | 9 September 2020 | Hardcover and eBook
Written by Salva Rubio; Drawn by Pedro J. Colombo; Colored by Aintzane Landa
This is a dramatic retelling of true events in the life of Francisco Boix, a Spanish press photographer and communist who fled to France at the beginning of World War II. But there, he found himself handed over by the French to the Nazis, who sent him to the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp, where he spent the war among thousands of other Spaniards and other prisoners. More than half of them would lose their lives there. Through an odd turn of events, Boix finds himself the confidant of an SS officer who is documenting prisoner deaths at the camp. Boix realizes that he has a chance to prove Nazi war crimes by stealing the negatives of these perverse photos—but only at the risk of his own life, that of a young Spanish boy he has sworn to protect, and, indeed, that of every prisoner in the camp.
Now a major motion picture streaming on Netflix.
9781682476277 | 11 November 2020 | Paperback and eBook