The Light And Darkness War
War in heaven
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Publisher: Titan Books Writer: Tom Veitch Artist: Cam Kennedy
from the late ’ 80s originally came out through Epic Comics, and its creators seem to have taken the publisher’s name as a challenge. The scale of the thing is staggering: Lazarus Jones, a Vietnam vet with no legs, falls into a coma and finds himself alongside his fallen comrades, his limbs restored, fighting an endless war in an afterlife dimension, using airships designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. Meanwhile, in the real world, the nephew of Nikola Tesla is on the verge of completing one of his uncle’s unfinished inventions – unaware that it will turn the tide of the war...
The marriage of talent on The Light And Darkness War is absolutely perfect. Tom Veitch’s underground comix sensibility melds social commentary with big existential themes, whilst Cam Kennedy brings his experience not only from creating surreal SF vistas for 2000 AD, but also from drawing war action for Commando. The result is a startling piece of work, quite unlike any other comic.
It’s not faultless – aside from Lazarus, the characterisation’s a little sketchy, which prevents the reader becoming as engaged as they might be, and at times the clean line of the story gets lost underneath all the sprawl. But the book makes up for this with sheer inventiveness and ambition, and thoroughly deserves to have been brought back into print. Eddie Robson
Yes, running can be the best policy.