Thursday, August 06, 2015

War Is Hell (But Necessary) 19

Chapter 19

But where does that willingness to alienate the reader in Chapman's work come from. Why is he so passionate about making sense of the Korean war? Some people have argued to me that Chapman must have been a liberal to write these stories, but I get the impression that it was the other way around. That he was in fact an eagle, a staunch believer in the need of war to eliminate monsters. On the other hand, he only writes about how bad war is and how much pain the soldiers have to endure. It has been suggested that he may have been suffering from PTSS, although there is nothing in his own autobiographical writings that suggests something like that. But then there are stories such as this one, which feature the one thing that all PTSS sufferers complain about: not being able to forget the noise. Not once, but twice... the first with art by Dave berg and the second with art by forgotten great Jerry Robinson.

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