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Black Powder Red Earth Yemen [ Book One ] (Volume 1) Paperback – November 17, 2017
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Every page is beautifully illustrated with a new art design. While some might find the new color palette odd, the color palette gives the novel a gritty, seemingly noir feel while set in war torn Yemen. It brings helps to bring out every detail of the hellish civil war in Yemen. The characters are also an interesting case for this story. While most comics are likely to depict their heroes as those who might be conflicts but can do no wrong, the members of Cold Harbor seem to be a bit more morally ambiguous. While their enemies are far worse, the contractors aren't doing this for some feelings of patriotism. To them, war is a business and business is especially good when it involves curb stomping terrorists.
As for the story, it's seemingly ripped from the headline. Special operations contractors in Yemen act as proxy soldiers for the Saudis to terminate Al Qaeda and ISIS fighters with brutal efficiency. As with the authenticity of the previous two series, Jon Chang's ability to predict current events in his works also makes a comeback here. If there was a downside to this graphic novel, it would be that it is extremely violent. Those with queasy stomachs would do well to stay away as the realities of modern combat are depicted in all it's graphic and horrifying glory. But with that as it's only downside, Black Powder Red Earth: Yemen is a must buy.
If you like your graphic novels to the point, hardcore and realistic - very grounded in a no-bullshit reality while exploring a very likely course of events for the Middle East - you must read BPRE. And if you like BPRE, you MUST read these new Yemen books and see how the author team has evolved and developed ;)