Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Starship Troopers: Damaged Justice + The Other Side

Starship Troopers: Damaged Justice

Genre: Science Fiction, War

Following the conclusion of Starship Troopers: Dead Man’s Hand, dishonorably discharged Will Tanner returns to Earth in disgrace, but still determined to prove he’s innocent of murdering his former commander. While the remaining members of Tamari’s Tigers continue their endless and seemingly hopeless war against the alien “Bugs”, Tanner gains some unexpected new allies (including his estranged brother and Drill Sergeant Zim), and prepares for what he hopes is his final confrontation with his nemesis, the former Lieutenant Lock.

Originally based on a 1959 novel by Robert Heinlein, the ongoing saga of the Starship Troopers has been expanded on and adapted in several formats, including several movies, both live-action and animated TV shows, video games, and, of course, several comic books. The conclusion of this third installment in Trooper Will Tanner’s bug-killing military adventures leads directly into another new, ongoing comic series.

The Other Side

Genre: Drama, War

The psychological horrors of the Vietnam War are revealed through the eyes of two young men—each on opposing sides of the conflict:

Alabama farmboy Bill Everette is drafted into the service and shipped to a place he’s barely heard of. Desire to survive this nightmare outweighs any patriotism he might have had. All he wants is to live long enough to get home…

Vo Dai is a farmboy, too - his family has worked the same plot of land for generations. He volunteers for the army because he believes it’s the right thing to do, for his family and his country. All he wants is to die an honorable death…

During their separate journeys, each faces bizarre, surreal dangers, leaving them and the readers questioning their sanity and reality. The readers must decide, as well, which man, if either, is “the hero” and which is “the enemy.”

From his secret Rocky Mountain refuge 9200 feet above the world, Joe indulges his passion for comics and other alternate realities, including his own. A long-time writer for ComicBase, his name is a veritable pun generator. You can e-mail your questions and suggestions to Joe at notestoself@msn.com.

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