The Power Of Print

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Comics are the bastard stepchild of literature. Most academics still ignore them entirely. Many teachers still dismiss them as lazy, vapid entertainment. All of the critics are wrong. Visual stories are the way of the future. They are the only printed medium that still compete with digital distraction. The rest of the world knows this. Anyone under 30 knows this. Anyone interested in 21st century education needs to educate themselves on this well established and long underrated genre.

The following is a list of graphic novels I strongly recommend for studying modern war and warfare. Some deal directly with combat; some go beyond the bullets. Some may not be conventional, but all deal directly with conflict.

See Max Brooks’ full list at the website for the Modern War Institute at West Point.