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Inspired... One of the new leaders of the form is Kelly Clancy... Bristles with social importance like Persepolis or Berlin... A+. Automatic contender for best of [the year]. --Justin Giampaoli, 13 Minutes

I've rarely seen a comic come out of nowhere with this level of attention to detail, this much sheer artistry on every page, that also manages to tell such an important and compelling story... Insightful, political and timely, comics this good don't come out every day. --Kevin Bramer, Optical Sloth

[Clancy] illustrates the character's feelings and history through letter forms in a way that is simply stunning... Her art creates a sensation more powerful than a statement and a static image could have. Clancy is pushing the comics form in the right direction by creating new and inspired narrative art. She takes every tool at her disposal and consistently renders something potent and lovely. --Sarah Morean, Daily Crosshatch
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sixta Comics; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615401767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615401768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The contemporary world events that provide a context for this story may be knowable by all, making Clancy's diverse characters and their personal experiences easily accessible to the reader. Yet the human suffering and despair caused by war, poverty and injustice are incomprehensible. Clancy understands this and so refrains from direct judgment. Instead, she honors her characters by letting them speak to us in their own voices, voices that have been rarely heard among all the reporting and documenting of U.S. military intervention and occupation in Central Asia and the Middle East: mothers, teenagers, girls, siblings, friends, neighbors. This is why I loved Clancy's narrative and why I believe it stands out as an important work of literary art of our time. As someone who enjoys exploring the theme of identity, and how it is shaped or denied through language, history, religion, education, etc., I was impressed by Clancy's skillful exploration of this complex theme through beautiful simplicity, both in imagery and word. Her appreciation for the role it plays in the power dynamics that render her characters so tragically powerless as their lives are taken by the current of geopolitical and military world events reveals her to be a thoughtful and sensitive observer. In other words, she solidly establishes her credibility as an American woman who has something to teach us even about her non-American characters.

Clancy has that special gift of capturing something profoundly poignant through a simple story, thus leaving an imprint in the reader's heart and mind that is uncontroversial and undeniable. Her talents as an illustrator and a visual artist are no small contribution to her storytelling in that regard.
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By fivesies on January 16, 2011
While this item is NOT out of stock, I did have to wait a little bit for its arrival. Nevertheless, IT IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE WAIT! I've read many graphic novels and have encountered few with this level of artistry and sensitivity... Clancy's work is simply stunning. Her narrative touches on religion, the war on terror, and childhood with such thoughtfulness and beauty... Read it, read it, read it!
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Jumping from Islamic foundation myths to playgrounds, Soldiers of God narrates the lives of lower class families in two drastically different cultures. In one pair of stories we have a mother trying to leave her village in order to contact a wayward son. The story is cut against a trucker lamenting the drudgery of life on the road, wanting to get back home. The mother is turned around by an absurd police checkpoint that nobody really understands, and the trucker complains vaguely about "the road blocks, the police, the heat," each of which pales compared to what the mother is going through. The great part about Clancy's narration is that this isn't at all a mockery of the American's situation: both characters are bewildered and frustrated by alienation from their families. Both are frustrated by a system they don't understand blocking them from connecting to loved ones. The book is filled with this desire for connection. It speaks of large spiritual ideas without seeming cliche and then transitions to everyday childhood meanderings without seeming trite.

Beyond the great sensitivity of the narrative, the book is an artistic accomplishment as well. The artwork shoots you along with visual variety, a character's eyes shifting on a single page from sadistic, to coy, to paranoid, and to exhausted. Medical tubing and tombstones spell out chapter headings. Recurring image of feathers symbolize deity, and they explode in bouquets against pill bottles and lightening bolts. The panels stay realistic for stretches and then fall off the ledge with white words of despair shotgunned onto a black background when characters undergo trauma. There are surreal images throughout, but they are used sparingly enough to maintain potency. The drawing is measured, skillful, and absorbing. This book is sensitizing and absolutely worth the read.
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There are some many wonderful things to say about Kelly Clancy's first book that I don't really know where to begin. All I know is that I want you to read this book. Now.

What strikes me most about Soldiers of God is that the characters can run the gamut from "just like me" to unfamiliar people living in an far away land and I can relate to every single one of them. The story of the book is so thoughtful and exciting that it's hard not to fly through it. And fly through it I did, but with every page turn came the promise that I would return to give the artwork its due consideration. You could read this book 100 times and not get bored, and you could talk to 1000 people and their interpretations of the work would all differ to your own.

It's an exceptional and truly meaningful story.

(and all the money goes to charity!!)
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'Soldiers of God' expresses important themes that are all-too ignored and neglected in our society right now, and does it with maturity, fair-mindedness, and a lot of emotion. On top of that, the imagery is incredible- I'm hardly an art enthusiast but I absolutely loved the artistic style! I personally come from a mixed background with unique views and beliefs about religion, and a passion for diversity and cultural understanding, and I really feel like this novel would strike a chord in just about anybody from anywhere believing anything. If you like graphic novels, or you're concerned for the well-being of others around the world, or are interested in politics, religion, America, war, or the Middle-East, you'll enjoy this read, and it will make you think :)
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