The Light And Dark­ness War

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War in heaven

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Ti­tan Books Writer: Tom Veitch Artist: Cam Kennedy

This se­ries

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.

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