- Series: Sheriff of Babylon
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Vertigo (July 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781401264666
- ISBN-13: 978-1401264666
- ASIN: 1401264662
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sheriff of Babylon Vol. 1: Bang. Bang. Bang. Paperback – July 19, 2016
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“Wall-to-wall awesome! Fantastic writing, amazing art, and a protagonist that kicks ass from the word Go. THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON rocks!”
—Brad Thor, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Code of Conduct
“THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON #1 is the best military comic I’ve ever read.”
—Kevin Maurer, journalist and co-author of the New York Times bestseller No Easy Day
“A clever, twisting and blood-slick crime story in a place as hot and dry and lethal as any classic noir.”
—Warren Ellis, writer of TRANSMETROPOLITAN and Injection
“Captures the volatility and cynical realpolitik of post-invasion Baghdad.”
—Comic Book Resources
About the Author
Tom King is a comic book writer and novelist, best known for his work at DC Comics including BATMAN, GRAYSON and OMEGA MEN. He often relies on his experience as an ex-CIA agent and experiences during the recent conflicts in the Middle East in his writing, especially apparent in GRAYSON (alongside co-writer Tim Seeley), OMEGA MEN and in SHERIFF OF BABYLON, published under the Vertigo imprint.
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This is the story set in February of 2004 in Iraq with three main characters. Chris is an American cop who is working as a contractor training Iraqis to become police officers. Sofia is an Iraqi woman who was raised in America but has returned to Baghdad to hold a seat on the governing council. Nassir is an investigator who has been out of work since the advent of the war. All three come together because one of Chris's trainees is killed and he wants to find out what happens. He talks to Sofia who refers him to Nassir. Of course, they walk into something that is more than they bargained for.
Because this is a war zone, there are multiple sides with conflicting motivations. It is hard to figure out the truth and even more so to find a true ally and stay safe. The artwork is fantastic.
The main character in this story is Christopher Henry, a military officer in charge of training the new Iraqi police force. When one of his men winds up murdered in the street, Chris attempts to learn what happened. Backing him up are Sofia, an Iraqi-American working to restore Iraq, and Nassir, an Ex-Iraqi police turned fixer. King's history with the CIA gives him some impressive insight into these characters, as well as the minor characters that surround. However, I will say it takes two issues before you start to get a sense of whats going on, as their introduction is a bit of a jumble until the later issues give context.
This book really gives you a sense of how well King understands the comic medium. He shifts grid layouts frequently, and always to enhance the action on a given page. The occasional art shifts provide some great Middle-Eastern flavor as well.
I think part 2 of this series is going to be great. All I can say is, check out this series.
The art in this graph novel is good. The main character is a man consumed by guilt, who has gone to Iraq to try to make amends, only to discover that Iraq is a quagmire descending into surreal violence. The Iraqis are also well drawn. Sometimes with the dark past of working as part of Saddam's murderous machinery of repression. Other times as proud people who are angered by the US occupation.
The result of all this is a dark and violent graphic novel with few heroes. Everyone is compromised.