White Death - Review by @apartofhim

WHITE DEATH HC

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(W) Robbie Morrison (A/CA) Charlie Adlard
$14.99 - Hard Cover - 104 Pages

In 1916, Pietro Aquasanta, an Italian rifleman, returns to his childhood home of the Trentino mountain range to find that it’s no longer the realm of wonder and adventure he remembers, but has become a place of death and despair, where the elements are as great a threat as the enemy.

No weapon of war was more feared than the White Death, thundering avalanches deliberately caused by cannon fire which consumed everything in their path.


Review: Trent Hunsaker

No one ever wants to read a book about war. But we do. We read books about war to remind us of what we lose in war. “Good” war books carry the emotional weight from actual events that flash in front of our faces and urge us from  falling into the securities and justifications of war.

Robbie Morrison tells a cold story about the all-but-forgotten battles that took place in the Northern Alps during WWI. Using narrative, dialogue, war reports, and actual letters, Morrison’s story carries the validity of a Ken Burns documentary and the emotional weight of the avalanches he depicts (being used as weapons) in the book.

While Morrison’s story is one not to be forgotten, it is Charlie Adlard’s art that really brought my emotions to the surface while reading this book. Each panel could easily be a piece in a fine art collection. The grey, white, and black art of the book carries its cold narrative directly to the heart of the reader.

The creators use avalanche, or white death, as a metaphor for war. Something that starts small and build into something uncontrollable. This is a metaphor most fitting for the “War to End All War,” taking place one hundred years and one hundred wars ago.

No one wants to read a book about war. White Death is a book about war; everyone should read.

 

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