Airborne 44, volume 9 – Black Boys
This latest volume came out in April and in my opinion, it’s one of the best in the series so far. You know from earlier posts that the other volumes are also excellent though.
Philippe Jarbinet had a bit of a late start as an author, but you wouldn’t know from reading the albums. They are stunning in graphic detail and the story line is more than just telling the history. There’s human emotion, especially in this latest album.
We are first taken to Nice and the liberation of Southern France in August 1944. A black soldier called Virgil who is attached to a field artillery unit gets into a scuff with a white airborne soldier and is transferred to Bretagne and then on to Belgium, where he ends up in the Battle of the Bulge.
In Belgium, he will again run into the white officer and they come to rely on each other to escape the hell of the firefight at the ‘Skyline Drive’.
I already look forward to the next volume, completing this story.
Here’s a link to an interview with Philippe Jarbinet.
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