The Lighthouse

Paco Roca - 2004
    In his escape, he encounters an old remote lighthouse, far from the warring factions. He is granted shelter by Telmo, the aging operator of the lighthouse. As Francisco recuperates, Telmo’s tales of epic adventurers who sailed the lost seas and discovered worlds unknown reignite the spark of life in the young soldier. By one of the most brilliant new talents in comic art in Spain, author of the world-wide bestseller “Wrinkles.”

The Complete Battlefields, Volume Two

Garth Ennis - 2011
    Losses have been high and life expectancy is low, but Ken remains undaunted - until he meets his crew, a foulmouthed, battle-hardened bunch with no time for new boys who can't stand the pace. Together, they must take the war to the enemy over the most heavily-defended region of the Third Reich- the industrial heartland of the Ruhr, known to the men who face the flak and nightfighters as Happy Valley. Battlefields: Firefly & His Majesty - The Tankies' Sergeant Stiles returns, recently promoted and angrier than ever He's got a new crew and a new tank - a Sherman Firefly with a high-velocity gun capable of taking out even the fearsome German Tiger. Too bad the enemy have a new tank of their own - the mighty King Tiger, with twice the armor and firepower of the original Battlefields: Motherland - Lieutenant Anna Kharkova is posted to single-seat fighter aircraft and sent straight into action. Hardened and embittered by the loss of her comrades, Anna is only too keen to get her teeth into the enemy- but with Russian and German armies about to collide in the titanic battle of Kursk, her first flight with her new squadron may well be her last

Kings in Disguise

James Vance - 1990
    Hailed as one of the top 100 comics of all time by The Comics Journal, Kings in Disguise now reemerges as a classic. It is January 1932, and movie-loving Freddie Bloch is trading his father's liquor bottles for the cost a matinee: "Dreams were only a dime, but empty bottles [only] brought a penny apiece." When his father disappears and his brother gets arrested, Freddie finds himself homeless and adrift, trying to survive during the Detroit labor riots and amid the furor of violent, anti-communist mobs. Winner of the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award for Best New Series and an additional Eisner Award for Best Single Issue.

Enemy Ace: War Idyll

George Pratt - 1990
    There they discover a truth that neither expected, but both must come to accept. Previously published by D.C. Comics.

The Marvels Project

Ed Brubaker - 2010
    Who is the mysterious old man who lies on his deathbed in a hospital in 1939, and how does his passing mark the beginning of the first heroic age of the Marvel Universe - and signal the rise of the superhumans?

Charley's War, Volume 1: 2 June – 1 August 1916

Pat Mills - 1985
    In 1916, Charley Bourne lies about his age to enlist and fight on the battlefields of France. But thoughts of glory and patriotism are swept aside by the bloody artillery barrage of horror and needless sacrifice amidst the trenches of the First World War. Rich in the detailed minutiae of the terror-punctuated existence of a Tommy, Charley's War features a brand new introduction and director's commentary by Pat Mills, a cultural history of the comic, and an essay on the Battle of the Somme.

White Death

Robbie Morrison - 1998
    Millions were sent to their deaths in pointless battles. The Italian Front stretched along the borders of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empires, in treacherous mountain regions. In the last months of 1916, a private in the Italian Bersaglieri returns to his childhood home in the Trentino mountain range to find it no longer a place of adventure and wonder as it was in his youth, but a place of death and despair. Amongst the weapons of both armies, none is more feared than the White Death: thundering avalanches deliberately caused by cannon fire... which, like war itself, consume everything in their path...

Voices in the Dark

Ulli Lust - 2013
    Hermann Karnau is a sound engineer obsessed with recording the human voice in all its variations - the rantings of leaders, the roar of crowds, the rasp of throats constricted in fear - and indifferent to everything else. Employed by the Nazis, his assignments take him to party rallies, to the eastern front, and into the household of Joseph Goebbels. There he meets Helga, the eldest daughter: bright, good-natured, and just beginning to suspect the horror that surrounds her.Based on the acclaimed novel by Marcel Beyer, Voices in the Dark is the first graphic novel by the award-winning cartoonist Ulli Lust. It is the story of an unlikely friendship and of a childhood betrayed, a grim parable of naivete and evil, and a vivid, unsettling masterpiece of comics storytelling. As Germany descends into chaos, Helga's and Hermann's lives intertwine, then finally collide. In Hitler's Berlin bunker, with the Red Army closing in, Hermann receives his greatest assignment: recording the Fuhrer's final words - and the last moments of Helga and her family.

Truth: Red, White & Black

Robert Morales - 2004
    Now, writer Morales pursues this idea and also draws inspiration from U.S. government experiments in the 1930s that left unwitting African-Americans infected with syphilis, leading to many deaths. Beginning his story in 1940, Morales incisively depicts the racism his various African-American characters confront both in civilian life and in the military. These black soldiers are compelled to act as test subjects for the super-soldier serum; some die, while others become deformed. Ultimately only one survives, Isaiah Bradley. Substituting for Captain America on a mission, Bradley discovers Jewish concentration camp inmates subjected to experiments. Ranging from heroic figures to pointed caricatures, artist Baker makes his varied styles gel. Drawing on copious research, Morales dramatizes how racism corrupted American history, yet verges close to asserting moral equivalency between America and Nazi Germany. Roosevelt was ultimately in charge of the super-soldier program: would he have approved these human experiments? Besides, how can one talk about "truth" regarding a fictional creation? Simon and Kirby devised a fable about an American everyman tapping his inner strength to combat genocidal fascism; Kirby helped pioneer positive depictions of blacks in comics. By adding Morales's backstory to Captain America's origin, Marvel has turned the character into a white superman who owes his powers to the deaths and exploitation of African-Americans.

Road of Bones

Rich Douek - 2020
    But even if they make it out, Roman and his fellow escapees still have hundreds of miles of frozen tundra between them and freedom. With the help of a mysterious being straight out of his childhood fairy tale stories, Roman just might make it--or is the being simply a manifestation of the brutal circumstances driving him insane?

Bosnian Flat Dog

Max Andersson - 2004
    The Balkan conflict is the starting point for this dream-like journey into war-torn Europe and the psyches of its authors, two of Sweden's most internationally renownded cartoonists.

Captain America: Forever Allies

Roger Stern - 2011
    Once he was Captain America's partner Bucky, a proud member of the Invaders, a founder of the original Young Allies. Now he is Captain America, the Sentinel of Liberty, and when an old enemy suddenly reappears, Jim must re-open the last, unsolved case of the Young Allies--to stop a menace that threatens the world! Roger Stern travels from World War II with Nick Dragotta to the modern age with Marco Santucci to tell a time-tossed epic tale of high adventue!


Philip Gelatt - 2011
    The mission will take our hero from the slums of the working class into the opulent houses of the super rich... he'll have to negotiate dangerous ties with the secret police, navigate the halls of power, and come to terms with own revolutionary leanings, all while simply trying to survive Based on historical documents and research, Petrograd is a tense, edge-of-your seat spy thriller, taking the reader on a journey through the background of one of history's most infamous assassinations, set against the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous moments in 20th century history.

Shanghai Dream

Philippe Thirault - 2019
    Aspiring filmmakers Bernhard and Illo are madly in love, united by their passion for cinema...and now, on the eve of the Second World War, it could be the only thing they have left. As the streets heat up with the flames of violent antisemitism, the couple has no choice but to abandon their home and go into exile. With nothing but a screenplay and each other, they manage to board a ship headed for Shanghai—a bubbling and enigmatic city that holds the promise of freedom...but at what cost? A powerful humanistic take on World War II from the largely undocumented perspective of the forced Jewish immigration to China.

Guests of the Emperor

Janice Young Brooks - 1989
    Some were privileged, some were innocent, some were lost. But to the Japanese they were all the enemy-Europeans and Americans living in Singapore, separated from their husbands and families and taken on a forced march through the jungles of Sumatra to an isolated prison camp. There, they would be tortured into submission and made to bow before the Emperor's war machine...HAZEL HAMPTONA timid young American, she would learn to walk the dangerous tightrope between survival and collaboration...AUDREY ST. JOHNThe Pregnant mistress of an English officer, she was appalled by the squalid camp conditions-and humiliated that she would share them with her lover's wife...GLORIA DENKAn Australian nurse who loved reckless adventure, she took risk and life-threatening risk-until she went too far...DR. MARGARET SUTHERLANDA prominent biographer and personal friend of Madame Chiang Kai-shek, she was forced to hide her identity or face death by firing squad...In a haunting novel of the horrors of war and the strength of friendship, these indomitable women never cease to believe in freedom, even though they are...GUESTS OF THE EMPEROR