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Review – Nanjing: The Burning City TP (Dark Horse)

Review – Nanjing: The Burning City TP (Dark Horse)

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Writer/Artist: Ethan Young Release Date: 19th August, 2015 Taking a long, unblinking look at one of the forgotten atrocities of the Second World War, Ethan Young tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre – a brutal overthrow which saw 300,000 Chinese civilians and POW’s lose their lives at the hands of the Imperial Japanese army – from the perspective of two Chinese soldiers trapped inside the walled city, desperately trying to survive. Utilising a stark, black-and-white visual style, Young introduces us to these two soldiers at their most desperate; horrendously outnumbered, facing death – or worse – should they be discovered, and with no real consensus on what their best course of action might be. The contrast between the two soldiers is significant, with younger Yu filled with naiveté and foolish optimism, while the older solider – only ever referred to as ‘Captain’ – has a far more matter-of-fact, world-weary outlook. Right from the start, we watch these men being forced to make unthinkable decision after unthinkable decision. Bring an old man along with them, knowing full well that he’ll slow them down and possibly risk their own lives in the process, or leave him behind [...]



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