Dark Horse Comics 2015
Written by Brian Wood
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti
Coloured by Jordie Bellaire
WITH UNREST GRIPPING THE COLONIES, SETH ABBOTT HAS JOINED THE GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS—AMERICA’S FIRST MILITIA. HE’LL CONDUCT A SERIES OF DARING RAIDS ON BRITISH CAMPS AND CONVOYS AS TALK OF OUTRIGHT WAR GROWS. WITH THE FORMATION OF A CONTINENTAL ARMY, THE BOYS’ FATE SEEMS TIED TO THE PROSPECT OF A NEW REPUBLIC.
LIVE FREE OR DIE!
What a great book this turning into yes Brian is taking some liberties but you have to in these circumstances but it is historical fiction and it’s not like there is a lot of written personal stuff that survives from that time. Seth is an interesting man and his character and sense of right and wrong along with the impact his actions have on his marriage are universal, timeless, in showcasing that we all share the same struggles.
We open with a raid on one of his majesty’s camps. It’s actually an interesting look at how these men feel about their land bought and paid for being subjected to the King’s rules and her Majesty’s soldiers being there to try and enforce a way of life that goes against every fiber of their being.
The reunion between Seth and Mercy Abbott was delightful. I love the artwork here too when we see Mercy working around the house or cottage depending on your point of view the attention to detail and the way the wood grain looks and feels is so authentic. Andrea and Jordie manage to bring so much raw emotion to the page with such subtle nuances that really make this something special. That along with the emotional and powerful writing does when husband and wife are in the lake skinny dipping really just grabs hold of you and both makes you smile at the fact we all do what Seth does and how much Brian is able to portray the love they have for one another.
On Lake Champlain the Green Mountain Boys have decided to strike His Majesty’s ships. The struggles of wartime official or not are going to take it’s toll on people and what we see here is one of those times you knew was going to come but since things happen in such a way we have to wait till next issue to find out the ramifications of how this attack went down.
Granted this is historical fiction but in all honesty this is also very much in tune with what we see today in ourselves and this is something Brian is a master at showcasing that regardless of the era, setting or circumstances people will tend to behave the same way.
With some of the best writing in town along with such intricately detailed artwork this story is one you need to read.