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David Axe, a journalist who witnessed the action in Iraq, graphically shares his experience in dealing with his war addiction, the high, and the sheer excitement of being there--in the battle.

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Familiar Themes Treated Graphically 7. Juni 2006
Von A. Ross - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Although the subject code on the back of this book designates it as fiction, it's hard not to read it as highly autobiographical -- maybe even as a borderline memoir. Freelance writer David Axe has been to Iraq six times to cover the current war, and has published articles about it in a variety of publications, including The Village Voice, The Washington Times, Popular Science, Salon.com, and various regional free weeklies. The main "character" in this book is a young, rumpled smalltime journalist who feels a compulsion to travel to Iraq on his own dime to see what the war's like, so it's not hard to believe this isn't about Axe's experience. A prologue shows him watching Gulf War I live on CNN as a kid, so maybe the notion is that he's always been attracted to war. In any event, the book walks through the standard scenes of a newcomer to war -- for example, when a shell lands in the distance, he hits the ground when no one else does. Other stock scenes include the wariness of the soldiers to have anything to do with him, the boredom and banality of it all, and the meeting of an "old-timer" who's seen it all.

This last character appears about 2/3 of the way though, and is BBC reporter who's spent his whole life covering combat zones. This war junkie is a vehicle for introducing the notion that one can get physically addicted to the stress and excitement of war. The story gets a little creepy in the voyeuristic sense that the protagonist is fascinated by observing the war and loves to write about it, and yet is removed from it -- he can leave any time he wants to. On the whole, the book doesn't really break new ground in terms of message. We all know that war is fascinating and can be addictive, and that 99% of it is spent waiting. Axe is actually writing a regular book called "War Is Boring" about his experiences in Iraq -- that may prove more insightful. Olexa's pen and ink artwork is striking for its balance of realism and dynamism. In keeping with the chaotic nature of war, he's eschewed traditional paneling in favor of more free flowing collages which sometimes span across both pages. While these can be compelling, they are also often confusing when trying to follow the narrative and one can be taken out of the moment in trying to figure out where to look next. In a sense, this works nicely in the sense of paralleling the chaos and uncertainty of war, however, I would have preferred slightly more order. On the whole this is an interesting and ambitious effort which doesn't have much new to say but is worth a look for presenting the material in a different way.
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Far more than journalistic reporting and provides striking images to capture experience 7. Juli 2006
Von Midwest Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Before you get excited, realize that this is a graphic novel, not a military action nonfiction piece. As such, it's a striking representation in black and white pictures of journalist David Axe's journey to Baghdad and war, using artwork to describe an addiction to war's excitement. Axe's written on Iraq for other top publications; War Fix is far more than journalistic reporting and provides striking images to capture experience.
One perspective of the lure of war 22. Dezember 2011
Von Charles Ashbacher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
One of the eternal and most puzzling questions of human existence is, "If war is so terrible and destructive to all, even the survivors, how come we glorify it so much and keep having them?" That is the main theme of this graphic novel; the story is about a reporter that feels the overwhelming need to cover the war in Iraq. He wants to make a name for himself and have some excitement in his life, in his mind it is a choice of fame or covering county government the rest of his career.
The "game" of war is summed up when he goes to a church before his departure to Iraq. His prayer is summarized as, "God, if you exist, keep me alive and undamaged. One more thing, can you get me into a couple of firefights?" One of his friends while in Iraq is a fellow reporter that has covered every war for 20 years. That man is interviewed by a psychologist and the psychologist's conclusion is that he is addicted to the excitement and tension of war. To him, it is a narcotic that he cannot avoid.
This is a story with a great deal of insight into the attractive nature of war and the love/hate relationship that humans have with it. Many of the troops are cynical, adopting a fatalistic view of their environment and their role in it. The Iraqis are mentioned as antagonists and sufferers, there is nothing about the causes of the war and their battle against the Americans.
Liked it for the art 12. Februar 2007
Von t-boogie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The art in this book is great, very crisp and a great sense of layout. I'd love to see the artist do something with Brian Wood if he hasn't already. The writing, while capable and competent, suffered for trying to sound "deeper" than it actually was. Not much new to say here, as another reviewer pointed out. A bunch of "newcomer to war" cliches are trotted out, with really banal, trite observations passed off as deep insights. Token shots at Bush, etc. I think a story that aimed lower and hit the mark would have impressed me more from the writer than a book that tries to be so philosophically and emotionally ambitious and miss the mark by a mile.
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Like a moth to a flame 10. Juni 2009
Von wiredweird - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This quirky B&W comic follows a period in the life of David, a young news reporter. Since childhood, he has watched war reporting with a blank fascination. Then, as an adult, he asks his editor to be assigned to Iraq, to be embedded with the soldiers at the war's front line. This request seems to arise from nowhere, like a spur of the moment decision to change every fact of his life, an upheaval without reason or, as far as his girlfriend knows, context. That dramatic blankness works for me - how well can we really know another person, after all? The reminder of the human unknown, even when so close at hand, works well for me, and continues to work throughout this story. (For some reason, other readers complain that their entitlement to the inner workings of his mind have not been fulfilled. What a curious point of view.)

War is hell. Olexa's stark imagery conveys that throughout, exploring many of the kinds of wartime damnation that people bring on others and on themselves. More that just the scenes of war, Olexa explores some of the personalities within it: the professional warfighter, borderline psychotic with a gun, grunt who really doesn't want to be there, and lifelong war correspond who couldn't imagine being anywhere else. These characters appear almost like suits of clothes being modeled for David, to see which fits him best. We never see a response in David's eyes, though - his glasses give whiteout opacity, reminding us always of how little we know the man or what moves him.

Then, with equally blank logic or illogic, David's overseas stint ends. He returns to his girlfriend, or at least his body does. Something, we can't see what, has changed, though, and she leaves. Her parting note ends with the words "... if you find what you're looking for, it's your own damned fault."

-- wiredweird
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