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Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was,
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This review is from: War is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones (Paperback)
"War is Boring" could be the unofficial successor of David's first graphic novel "War Fix", drawed by Steven Olexa. The story in "War Fix" impressed me but I didn't like the drawing that much. This is different from "War is Boring": David and Matt are together a great combination. I like David's stories and Matt's drawings. The question first arose in "War Fix" is still the same: why is David that addicted to war zones? Did he choose war or was he chosen by the war? Maybe he regularly needs a kick of adrenaline, by the way a typical syndrome, also known in other jobs with extreme peaks of danger, pressure and uncertainty. Like a firefighter needs serious fires from time to time or a paramedic has to have a major disaster, David is attracted to war torn countries. It's not because he loves war, it's because in situations of deadly danger, he feels alive. An excellent expression of such a situation is displayed on front cover of his book: he is the quiet eye of the storm in the middle of a battleground. In his graphic novel he describes the thrilling experiences reporting from the middle of an ongoing war. This excitement has its price: back home he noticed the boring normality. By carefully reading this novel, you will recognize that the situation can not only be described in terms of "black or white". Most part of the time in Iraq he felt bored. In Libanon the situation was calm and back then the UNIFIL troops were more interested in easy lifestyle then in their duty. East Timor seems to have been a very depressing experience, in Afghanistan the corruption was disillusioning and to take the girlfriend to Somalia wasn't maybe the best idea. David tells us: "War is Boring", but peace is stultifying.
I would recommend "War is Boring" to all who are thinking about going to a military or civil mission abroad because David and Matt give you a good first impression about. The story shows you an inside view of a "Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was". I've already heard that when someone takes part in a dangerous mission or witnesses an assault, their personality could change. Perhabs David's story in this graphic novel will finally prove that to you.