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Thursday, May 13, 2004
War is Hell 
The Light and Darkness War by Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy

This is a story that stuck in my mind. It's a graphic novel by Cam Kennedy and Tom Veitch, published by Marvel Comics Epic division in 1988 as a 6 issue limited series. The basic storyline is an allegory about the futility of war, the never ending battle between good and evil, and about the brotherhood and loyalty of soldiers.

Lazarus Jones is a Vietnam veteran who lost his legs in the conflict. Not only his legs, but the rest of his Huey gunship crew. During a visit to the Wall, he lapses into a coma, and finds himself transported to an alternate dimension. There he finds his crew and his gunship resurrected, and his mobility restored. The reason for this? The Light and Darkness War, a ten thousand year battle between the forces of good and evil. Soldiers that die are transported to this dimension, and given the chance to fight, either on the side of the light or the dark.

In this alternate dimension, magnetism is king, and Nikolai Tesla is alive and well, and proving that electricity is not the only way to go. The man who wishes to control this alternate dimension is Na. Lazarus thus finds himself flying and fighting against Na's forces, and examining his life in this world, from the viewpoint of an alternate reality.

A lot of the story draws upon the myths and legends of various cultures such as the Norse story of Valhalla and Ragnarok. The loyalty of soldiers to each other, and the fact that outsiders may never understand this, is also explored.

Copies of this graphic novel are very scarce, but may be found in various online specialist retailers.

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