Black Powder, Red Earth: Yemen is the third in the series about mercenaries doing military operations in the Middle East following the Iraq War. I have to admit, I did not know what to expect when this was given to me, but this graphic novel written by Jon Chang and illustrated by Josh Taylor is very engaging.
“In the decade following the invasion of Iraq, Private Military Companies become the preferred instrument of foreign policy by Petro-Monarchies in the failed states of the Middle East. Staffed with former SOF combat veterans, Cold Harbor selects, trains and leads armies of local nationals in conventional and unconventional warfare operations. Combat actions conducted by the PMC are not considered acts of war. They are matters of foreign internal defense.” This is how the graphic novel series opens.
Divided into two parts, the plots revolves around PMCs doing operations in the nation of Yemen. The PMC operators are doing several missions battling terrorists on behalf of several governments who are paying to have the terrorists removed. I cannot give more details of the plot without giving too many spoilers.
Unfortunately, I have not read the previous graphic novels by Jon Chang in this series, so I cannot compare them. That being said, I found the artwork of BPREY most impressive. While at times, I had trouble keeping up with some of the characters, I did enjoy it a great deal. It was nice to read a good ol’ fashion action/adventure that is not bogged down in political correctness.
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