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TITLE: Reporting For Duty
Story/Art: Brian Denham
Publisher: Antarctic Press
PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: None, but that looks like a tank on the cover. I’m guessing a military story.
IMPRESSIONS: Definitely a military story. We open up with a couple of guys sitting on a tank in the middle of a blown-out city. We see our cast complaining about the heat, then trying not to curse (are they really strict about that in the military), and then for no apparent reason, one of them goes ape because another one accepted a package of… apricots? And I mean goes ape, you’d think this other guy beat up his mother or something. The way he’s talking, it sounds like this is some sort of superstition among tank drivers. Never heard that one, myself. Of course, I’ve never driven a tank, either.
Anyway, there’s a sniper here. It’s either a woman in a burqa or a ninja of some sort, you can’t really tell. She shoots and hits what looks like a hose. I guess it’s a fuel line, because with her next shot, she sets the tank on fire, which I’m pretty sure the Mythbusters proved doesn’t really work. [Note: although I am presuming this hypothetical First Reader has never touched a comic, he is a fan of Mythbusters, because who isn’t?] Anyway, lots of people die, and two pages from the end somebody finally tells us we’re in Iraq. So does this mean it’s a modern-day story? Or at least, that it was modern-day in 2003?
This story is a real mess. I’ve got no idea who this woman in the burqa is, why she’s shooting at the guys in the tanks, or what if anything apricots have to do with it. And I don’t really care enough to look it up.