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Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965

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This kind of beautifully-drawn, but vapid and overly-simplistic crap is what gives honest-to-god real graphic novels a bad name. I should have realized what I was getting into, but I didn't see the DC comics logo on the book until after I had committed to reading it. This is a book about a battle in Vietnam, a battle that was basically lost through incompetence and poor planning, much like the whole war. And yet, the book treats it as a thing to be glorified, a type of "America got beat, but now it's okay because we used overwhelming force to take the land back again." The book is laden with the typical militaristic cockiness that got us involved in Vietnam, and despite the fact that it was written 40 years later, doesn't seem to recognize that it was one of the worst foreign policy decisions in our history. Finally, on top of an already putrid story, the entire account is fictionalized. So, you think you're reading a true account with well-researched history, when you find out that the whole thing is fictionalized, and that nothing of the type really happened.

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