This September, we'll see Sgt. Rock and the Men of War #1, giving a new birth to a classic character. With art by Tom Derenick, and story by Ivan Brandon, the new series will bring these soldiers into much more modern wars. We grabbed writer Ivan Brandon, and had him share his favorite war stories, movies, books, or otherwise, that are going through his head as he thinks about writing the book. They are all worth checking out, and Brandon's taste guarantees I'll be checking out this book when it hits the stands.
Now, in his own words are Ivan Brandon's favorite war stories:
Paths of Glory (film – 1957) Stanley Kubrick made 2 amazing war movies. You've probably seen the other one.
Ken Burns' The War (documentary – 2007) A much closer and uglier look at the 2nd world war than what you're likely to find anywhere else.
A Foreign Affair (film – 1947) Billy Wilder shot a post-war romantic comedy in the soviet occupied section of post-war Berlin. It's hard to find, but it's worth it.
The Thin Red Line (film – 1998) From the human perspective on war, to me this movie can't be beat. One of the first American movies to deal with the alien nature of the foreign war environments on the soldiers. And conversely the alien nature of the soldiers on the land.
Generation Kill (book – 2004) [This book] teaches you that sometimes a battalion's orders don't match their training or their equipment. It's a story about resilience.
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