Sunday, October 2, 2011

War Picture Library 412 Murder Charge

 Is being brave enough? Sergeant Bill Holt is clearly brave enough but what happens when being brave interferes with orders - even if they are the wrong orders?War Picture Library 412 Murder Charge is all about not giving up and keeping up the fight even though you are ordered to retreat and are under questionable command.
Sergeant Holt is the replacement NCO for a cynical platoon lead by an ungrateful officer. The worst thing about Lieutenant Jessup is that he's already given up - he's lost the fight in him and he's prone to panic and is open to the offer of surrender. Holt, however, is ready to keep on fighting and when forced too has no alternative but to kill Jessup in order to save a desperate situation.
Interestingly this happens by page 37, leaving 21 pages to tail-end the story. Holt knows that the army has a dim view on NCOs shooting their officers so he decides to go absent without leave but not before leading the remnant of his platoon to relative safety. The fly in the ointment of his little farewell plan is the dead lieutenant's pet corporal who is quick to report the (technically correct) murder to his superiors. The commanding officers want Holt brought back alive and the remainder of the story follows Holt's naturally dramatic retrieval.
Murder Charge is a very well constructed and thought out action filled War Picture Library comic. The writing is strong and even though there's plenty of action - none of it is gratuitous.
Only if more stories could be like this one.

 Says who?

Not looking good... particularly when there's an ACH! and an AAGH! involved. Also that guy in the front of the panel doesn't look too happy.


Happy to be alive or just sharing a good joke?

Derision with a capital h.

He doesn't look very cool, calm or efficient to me.

Broken English? Nothing wrong with his sentence structure.

...or we could stay here safe behind this rock.

 Nice composition.

They teach you how to stand like that in German officer's school.

It would be very messy inside that little tank now.


  1. Thank you,Jovan!
    Who did the art?
    /Mr Anonymous

  2. I'm sorry to say that I don't know who did the art for War Picture Library 412 Murder Charge. If somebody else knows I would love to know as well.

  3. The earnest gentleman stiffly indicating the general direction of deserty danger looks suspiciously like a moonlighting Ray Milland. Mr Milland was originally from Neath in Wales. So he obviously knew metric truckloads about stiff danger and its indicators. The desert? Not so much...

    1. He appears to be doing his indicating from inside while letting those types who care little for the ravages of the sun take the lion's share of the glory and no doubt the painful stuff that goes with it. Sensible lot those chaps from Neath.


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