The Other Side #1 (of 5)

October 23, 2006 | Comics


The Other Side #1 (of 5)
Jason Aaron, Cameron Stewart
Vertigo/DC Comics
$4/$2.99 US
**** (out of five)

Two young men are going to war.
They will begin as raw recruits, both struggling with their marksmanship and their ability to be obedient soldiers. But their leaders need them in the battle, so their frailties are forgiven and they are headed for combat.
There are only two major differences between these young men. First, one is afraid to die, while the other is only afraid of dying in vain. Second, Billy Everette is a U.S. marine and Vo Binh Dai is in the North Vietnamese Army.
Comic book newcomer Jason Aaron, along with talented Toronto artist Cameron Stewart, gives readers a look at the dual faces of war in this smart and sensitive war book. Aaron, whose cousin — the late Gustav Hasford — wrote the novel The Short Timers, which inspired the film Full Metal Jacket, creates two interesting characters in Billy and Vo. Both are simple guys caught up in something so much larger then themselves and the road that will no doubt lead them into conflict with one another is sure to be a fascinating trip.

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