Shooters

Shooters

Graphic Novel - 2011
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Shooters is the story of Terry Glass, a warrior whose spirit and soul have been hardened in countless battles. When a horrible accident shatters his world, Glass finds himself waging a private war on several fronts--against his career, his marriage, and ultimately his faith
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781401222154
1401222153
Branch Call Number: GN Trautmann, E 2011
Characteristics: 134 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lieber, Steve
Jerwa, Brandon

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MichelleinBallard
Sep 17, 2017

I wish Trautmann or someone would create a prequel called "Bombers" from the perspective of a former Iraqi soldier (let's call him Samir) from Baghdad conscripted against his will into the Iraqi army during what is known to Americans as Desert Shield/Storm.

At the end of that war Samir joined with others in an abortive uprising against Saddam Hussein. When it became clear the American gov't wouldn't support the Iraqi resistance he narrowly escaped prison or death by blending in with troops loyal to the regime but other soldiers Samir knew weren't so lucky.

Later, like over half-a-million other Iraqi children, his youngest daughter died in his arms in a hospital of an otherwise easily treatable infection due to the destruction of sanitation infrastructure and a lack of drugs consequent to the US/UK sanctions during the 1990s.

Samir's wife died as a result of "collateral damage" from an American airstrike during the initial 2003 invasion. And other relatives were lost or fled the country in the chaos that followed the invasion.

Perhaps this series of tragedies is overkill but I'm sure there are numerous Iraqis who experienced something akin to the litany above. In any case, this history is what caused many Iraqis with no love of Saddam Hussein to view the 2003 invasion of their country in a less-than-favorable light. It is what led my fictional Samir to start planting IEDs that killed American troops in "Shooters".

Even if Americans cannot embrace the perspectives of people who fight Americans troops or condone their actions I hope we all can agree that we should at least try to understand those perspectives. Alas, however, I know from experience that the quest for understanding and knowledge is all too often quickly denounced as traitorous collaboration with the enemy and so it goes.

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marksobba
Aug 26, 2017

A beautiful realistic book. Every panel is created with the idea of being true to the experiences of those men and women that lived similar events. SHOOTER is a deeply moving story about the modern war and the world the soldiers come home to.

metalsox May 23, 2012

This book is a fantastic look at the horrible things that war can do to a man. It left me thinking about war and the way that we as country think of our military men and women. A fantastic read for anyone at all interested in military, contractors or why someone would go back into the army or war after getting out.

This book might be the most important graphic novel that deals with the effect of wars since Maus.

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