ONWARDS TOWARDS OUR NOBLE DEATHS on The Cultural Gutter

“10 Comics I Liked in 2011 : The Cultural Gutter” / The Cultural Gutter / Carol Borden / January 5, 2012

Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths (Drawn & Quarterly) Shigeru Mizuki
An affecting and elegaic account of serving in the Japanese Imperial Army in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War. Starving, killed by malaria, dengue fever and crocodiles, harassed and abused by their superiors, and ultimately sent to their deaths because of a commander’s pride. Mizuki’s cartoonish drawings of his characters humanizes them more than real than if he had rendered them realistically against his exquisitely detailed realistic backgrounds and the ghostly, faceless enemy. Mizuki includes some gorgeously detailed nature studies and horrific drawings of war and the dead.

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