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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Views Read Edit View history. I don’t do all that much thinking about World War 1, because I’m a borderline pacifist who doesn’t think war is the most interesting part of history. Our American men, who volunteered to fight on another land, were treated worse hellrighters dogs. Want to Read saving….

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The focus was on the th Infantry in WWI, who had grown up and came back to racism, but who were heroic fighters in the war, a little known story Written by Max Brooks and illustrated by Caanan White in black and white photo-journalist style and very dramatic in all respects.

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. In addition, the drawings are all in black and white, and they are really flat and lifeless and don’t capture the drama of the story. Definitely worth reading, but not a 4. I am grateful that this was drawn in black and white. The author has said the story started as a script he’s been floating around Hollywood and adapted it I’m afraid the ratings may be inflated on this book because of the subject matter.


Though American, they served for and with a French army that treated them with significantly more humanity than that of their own country. Its important to know where we came from, so that the past does not repeat itself. This is an excellent book and should be required reading in the schools. But it’s good and worth reading.

But, I like these form and genre-related questions. Brooks and White establish a strong dynamic of men devoted to fighting for a country that’s systemically mistreated and exploited them. But, in my imagination it’s the whitest war. For this reason, it was great to read the story of the Harlem Hellfighters, who fought despite extreme prejudice from their own countryfolk on top of the horrors of WWI warfare.

Read the author’s note. His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry. I don’t know where that phrase actually comes from, but no one is whiter than the most famous doughboy.

I can’t imagine if this were a full color comic. Jul 29, Charlie – A Reading Broosk rated it really liked it. He works in not only the whole history of blacks in America, but the history of Europe, and Africa, and the Great War. This is especially true in the battle scenes, which from a distance appear to be a mass of fragmented shadows.

I might have to glance at a real edition of this some day. Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of mwx that were really quite striking, but overall the art was kind of chaotic for me and didn’t do much to build the narrative.

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While I’ve never been to war, I can’t imagine that we garlem anyone a service by censoring the horrific experience of the war. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on–and off–the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.


Broo,s and violence were getting worse, not better. So I halem ready to like this one alot before I even started. The novel is narrated by Mark, a veteran of the th’s tour in Europe. It feels cinematic, probably in part because Brooks tried and failed to brloks up interest for a film on the subject: That woulda been a helluva nice story. 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.

Despite being forbidden to fight with our own army, despite imported prejudice from our own government, despite the insults and restrictions and every possible attempt to ‘repress them sternly,’ despite being set up to fail, we not only stopped Germany’s best from taking Paris, but also helped drive them all the way back to their Fatherland.

Some of the stories are inspiring, others disturbing. It feels already a little like the film he had wished he made.

The Harlem Hellfighters

Of course, there are drawbacks to t As a work of black American history, it’s a masterpiece, but as a work of graphic novel entertainment, it’s just about average.

I mean, we use the term doughboy to refer to American soldiers in WWI. Also by Max Brooks.

From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment–the Harlem Hellfighters Inthe th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I.