Vietnam Journal Indian Country TP RARE Don Lomax 1st print


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Vietnam Journal Book One: Indian Country Paperback
by Don Lomax (Author, Illustrator)

The acclaimed comic book war series from Don Lomax, nominated for a Harvey Award, is now presented as a series of graphic novel volume collections. Vietnam Journal is a look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of a war journalist Scott Neithammer, a freelance reporter the troops have nicknamed “Journal”. As an embedded reporter, Neithammer has a single minded focus and obsession to report the controversial war from the “grunt’s” point of view and to hell with the consequences. It chronicles the lives and events of soldiers on the front line during the Vietnam War. Book One collects issues 1-4. Picked by Entertainment Weekly as “a graphic novel you should own” and recommended by the Military History Book Club, Vietnam Journal is written and drawn by Don Lomax, a Vietnam War veteran. Max Brooks (World War Z) names Vietnam Journal as one of his best war comic series. “Lomax bases his fictional work on his real experiences in Vietnam in 1966, with powerful results. It is Lomax’s concern for average soldiers that, in the end, makes his work significant.” – Publishers Weekly. “This is, without a doubt, the most graphic, realistic and emotionally powerful portrayal of the Vietnam War that’s ever been seen in comic form.” – Jason E. Aaron, Wizard’s 2008 Best Writer.

“Vietnam Journal, Book 1: Indian Country” is an action packed graphic novel of the Vietnam War. This hard hitting graphic novel was written and illustrated by Don Lomax. The “Black and White” format contributes to the rawness of the war stories. Lomax uses a journalist, Scott Neithammer known to the men serving in Nam as Journal, to tell the many different stories of fighting in Vietnam.

This concept works great. By using a reporter, who can switch units and be in different parts of the country, Lomax is able to tell different stories from a variety of Army Military Occupation Specialties (MOS) and battles. From straight legs (ground pounders, aka the Infantry), Canine Troops, Huey pilots and door gunners, and CIA involvement we get different points of view on the fighting.

This first volume of “Vietnam Journal” starts at a time of the beginning of the heaviest buildup of troops in Nam, February 1967 (build up of troops began in 1965 and continued through 1968). Lomax places between stories facts about military hardware, such as the Huey which provided immense mobility for moving troops. Also, between stories are one page articles of MIA’s in Nam.

Book 1 (Volume1) contains four stories, The Field Jacket, The Dogs of War, Scorched Earth, and Birds of Prey.

One of the reasons I purchased “Vietnam Journal” is that I am a Vietnam Combat Veteran and was interested on how the subject would be presented. No one will ever know the true horrors of war by reading a graphic novel or any novel of war. However, I think Don Lomax has done a terrific job in presenting the Vietnam War in this medium. I recommend this graphic novel for those who would like to know a little of that forgotten war and at the same time enjoy a terrific read with great graphics. I give it 5 Stars and look forward to reading Book 2 “Vietnam Journal: The Iron Triangle.”

Michael P. Lefand Sgt, 1st Platoon, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. 1968 – 1970 Central Highlands, Vietnam.

Near mint condition.