Sunday, May 16, 2010

War Picture Library 126 Fires of Hate

Sergeant Larson learns the hard way that using hate to fight is not the way to win a war. However it doesn’t stop him from killing a lot of Germans. Also despite his best efforts to get himself killed he manages to survive the battle.

Even though the premise for the story is reasonable, the story telling is far fetched and the animation and drama are a bit wooden. Underneath it all, trying it’s hardest to get out, is a stylistic approach that gets smothered by the stupidity of the storyline.

British commandos are tasked with the mission of destroying an arctic airfield so the convoys can get through to a beleaguered Russia. The mission starts off with a frontal seaborne assault on a harbour garrison. After they meet up with the local Norwegian partisans they are forced into ambushing an armoured column. From there they proceed with stealth to the airfield. However the mission is thrown into jeopardy when Sergeant Larson decides to embark on a personal vendetta. Hang on! Larson screws up the mission? The mission to destroy the airfield was in trouble when they hit the harbour with all guns blazing.

Despite the illustrator being allowed to show glimpses of an individual style the writing makes this story unconvincing.

The major with the mean tash.

Style trying to get out.

He looks bad. He must be bad.

It's hammer time!

Try this at home kids. Take a waste paper bin and place it on top of your car. Now race towards the car toss an apple into the bin. Be careful you only get one go at it.

Try this one as well. Take an empty baked bean can and lay it down on the top of a kitchen cabinet. Now run past it and throw an apple into the can. Again you only get one chance at it.

I just want to...I just want to...sing!

1 comment:

  1. But with a hop, skip and a jump, he got the apple into that blasted can.

    You're right about the second panel. Very intense, but not quite there. It seems almost out of place in contrast with the rest of the comic.

    Also, do you think that british soldiers were taught how to say "have mercy" in german? Not that it did old Fritz any good.


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