Thursday, March 17, 2016
author: Robbie Morrison
average rating: 3.22
book published: 1998
read at: 2014/09/15
date added: 2016/03/17
'White Death' is a reprint from an earlier time in Charlie Adlard's career right before he became known for his work on 'The Walking Dead' comic book series. That style is very evident here in a haunting tale from World War I.
Writer Robbie Morrison was inspired to write the story after a couple bodies were uncovered from ice in the Italian mountains. The bodies belonged to Austrian soldiers of the war fighting in the Italian Alps at high altitudes. During the 5 battles of the campaign, brutal tactics are used, including using guns to trigger avalanches, hence the title. The story follows Pietro Aquasanta, a man from Istria who started the war fighting for the Austro-Hungarian side and now fighting for the Italians. The conditions are brutal, cold and unrelentless.
The bleakness and despair of war are on full display here. The story has a few lighter moments, but these only serve to throw the reader off balance for the horrors to come. The art is a charcoal style that is really great. It serves this sort of story especially well. There is a small intro story included at the end of the book as well as some script to finished page breakdowns. I really enjoyed this story of the Great War.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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