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The Harlem Hellfighters. In , the th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other. From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment—the Harlem Hellfighters. Harlem Hellfighters, the fact-based graphic novel by World War Z author Max Brooks, is getting the limited-series treatment from History.

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But I’ll be damned if I could tell you what was so ‘great’ about it.

When they reach the Western Front in Januarythe regiment’s populace is bitterly assigned to laborious roles, unloading ships and performing janitorial tasks for the American Expeditionary Force. Trivia About The Harlem Hellfi Historical fiction packaged as a graphic novel.

The most prominent woman in the book is a busty girl there to cling to a soldier in bed as he broods – doubly ironic that it’s broosk referencing that some people object to interracial couples, but they’re not a couple with any sense of equality. May 3rd, HE.

Our American men, who volunteered to fight on another land, hellfighgers treated worse than dogs. While the story is important and fascinating, I don’t think it’s addressed in enough depth to truly be called a This is maz of those books that blurs the boundary between kid’s picture books and more YA ish graphic novels.

Honestly, graphic novels are not my thing, and I read this only because of interest in the subject, which it gave a good overview to. Reaction to the graphic novel was universally positive. Finally, Brooks had the idea hellfighter write the story in graphic novel form, and it worked spectacularly well. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Mar 02, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: I just don’t think this book conveys that well enough for me. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations.


The Harlem Hellfighters

Finally, after collaborating with White on a graphic companion to his novel The Zombie Survival Guide inBrooks realized the story could be told within the comics medium sans the financial concerns of film. It’s being called a graphic novel by many folks on GR not sure if it is advertised that way but is shaped like a picture book and laid out like one. It can be hard to tell what’s going on during action scenes, and there are places where the violence is so incredibly over the top that it’s just plain distracting.

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Jan 29, Jo’hari Payne-bullock rated it it was amazing. This time I thought the comics format would peek my interest. As far as I can tell, this is a lightly fictionalized account of the Harlem Hellfightersan all-black regiment that served in World War I.

This is not for the faint of heart – it’s brutal and, excuse the pun, graphic stuff. I imagine the history of the Harlem Hellfighters endlessly sad and fascinating. The Hellfighters were honored for their service in World War Vrooks I’m not a big fan of graphic novels, but I am grateful to the author to use whatever vehicle was Hard to believe there is still resistance by many prominent Americans to bring the true history of the United States of America to the world.

The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. Our own government provided inadequate training, broomsticks for guns, and tin can boats instead of parades. Longer than any American unit, white or black. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on–and off–the battlefield to make Bropks, and America, safe for democracy.


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After months more of “pick and shovel work,” the 15th is reorganized into the th Infantry Regiment and transferred under the jurisdiction of the French Fourth Army. Max Brooks is a talented storyteller and drew me in from the first page. But the truth’s got an ugly way of killin’ nice stories. There are some hellfigters scenes, typical of horrific events during a war, but the stark contrast of black and white makes the scenes more powerful and vivid than full colour. On the one hand it’s a story very brookz Americans know of, about a black Regiment in the segregated U.

I don’t know where that phrase actually comes from, but no one is whiter than the most famous doughboy. Retrieved from ” https: Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. Being a graphic novel, it leaves little to the imagination about the injustices suffered by these brave black Americans and the horrors of war. From the Trade Paperback edition.

In fact, a number of the th soldiers elected to stay in France after the war was over, rather than come back to a segregated America, where they would be expected to resume their place at the bottom of the social ladder. Black soldiers then created fake gun clubs trying to mad the army into donating weapons they needed for training and service.