Thursday, September 24, 2009

War's End by Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco has published various comics set in war-torn countries, from Palestine to Bosnia, which is the setting for the two stories included in this hardcover book.

More than just stories, Sacco's work consists of serious journalistic reportage. He travels to these places, interviews soldiers and civilians, hangs out with them, portrays a human side to the war.

He employs many innovative graphic techniques as storytelling devices. The above page has always stuck in my head as a great example of this: the four white squares inlayed over the crowd, depicting the bomb dropping closer and closer onto the unsuspecting people.

As you can probably tell I'm a sucker for nice endpapers. Dreary but lovely.

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