Wednesday, October 28, 2020

"Great Naval Battles of the Twentieth Century," is a Fascinating Dive into History

Dead Reckoning is the graphic novel imprint of the non-profit U.S. Naval Institute. It has put out some cool comics about history, war, and the like. One of their latest books, "Great Naval Battles of the Twentieth Century," focuses on three key battles in naval history and presents them in the manner of historical fiction with various characters dealing with the very real events. The three famous battles covered are Tsushima, Jutland, and Midway. As I am more familiar with WWII history I most enjoyed the tale of Midway, but the Tsushima story is great too, showing how Russia's defeat by Japan hastened its turn to Communism as those disillusioned with the Tsar rebelled. 

Creators Jean-Yves Delitte and Giuseppe Baigurea build-up tensions for these famous battles with an assortment of characters planning and plotting, with some of the best-laid plans going sideways for those on the losing side of conflicts. The art is solid, with the clothing of the time and machines of war clearly well-researched and drawn with immense skill. If you're not a history buff this graphic novel may come off as a little dry, but if you're into reading about the past as I am you'll have a stellar time.

4 out of 5 stars.

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