Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

Written and illustrated by manga legend Shigeru Mizuki back in 1973, this book is the mostly autobiographical account of a detachment of Japanese soldiers attempting to occupy New Britain (Papau New Guinea) near the end of the second World War.  The protagonist, Maruyama, is a version of Mizuki who lost one of his arms fighting a hopeless and meaningless last stand against the Americans.  Deals with many of the same themes that Will Eisner addressed in his Vietnam comics and in Full Metal Jacket, though with considerably less detachment than a characteristic Kubrick film.  For more information on the book, there’s an excellent review at The Comics Journal: http://www.tcj.com/reviews/onward-towards-our-noble-deaths/

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