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iFanboy #154 – The Vault! Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place, War Stories, & The ‘Nam

Show Notes

Men, what we’ve got here is a vault show! Ron Richards spends some time in the cold, unforgiving winter or World War II in Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place. For a second time in a row, Conor Kilpatrick goes back to World War II with Garth Ennis and War Stories, Vol. 1, and Josh Flanagan heads to the jungles of Vietnam with The ‘Nam, Vol. 1.

Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place

Ron’s not a big fan of war comics, so what was it that actually got him reading one (besides, you know, having to do this show)? The unusual pairing of writer Brian Azzarello and legendary artist Joe Kubert taking on Sgt. Rock and Easy Company in Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place! Will this original graphic novel from DC Comics’s Vertigo line make a believer out of Ron?

War Stories, Vol. 1

On the last vault show, Conor talked about his love for Garth Ennis’ war comics when he discussed Battlefields, Vol. 1. This time, he takes a look at the book that started it all: War Stories, Vol. 1, which features a murderer’s row of artists including Chris Weston, Gary Erskine, John Higgins, Dave Gibbons, and David Lloyd. Hold onto your heart, this one is going to kick you there, repeatedly.

The ‘Nam, Vol. 1

Josh might have been too young to appreciate Marvel Comics’s The ‘Nam when it was first published in the late 1980s, but boy, is he ready for it now! It’s surprising that writer Doug Murray and artist Michael Golden’s story of every day life for the guys on the ground in Vietnam was even published. It’s even more surprising to find out just how damn good it is.


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  1. Another great episode!

    Some more good Ennis war stories from Vertigo/DC- Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, which is more on the humorous side, and Enemy Ace: War in Heaven, with beautiful art by Chris Weston, which takes place in WWII even though Enemy Ace is mainly a WWI character. 

  2. Definitely gotta check out The Nam

  3. Also one more from Ennis.. Battler Britton?  .. I have no idea if that was the exact name or the exact spelling… but it was good.


  4. I respect the commitment it takes for a hilarious self-parody gag. Thanks fir the chuckle, Mr Richards. Fabulous inside baseball on the outro as well.

    Also, I’m thrilled whenever Joe Kubert gets screentime. One of my favorite artists. Such craft and technique.

  5. iFanboy, there’s something wrong with itunes feed for the video show. It seem I can’t download today show, but the previous show, no problem whatsoever.

  6. Planned on reading all of these.  Thanks for the show guys!!!!!

  7. @jackietam: Must be a problem on your end, I downloaded it just fine off of iTunes.

  8. Can you guys put links on here for the ifanboy-amazon store for these books?

  9. I have idea for a future show you guys should do a show on the gimminks on comics if you can make that into a whole show

  10. @dukealoops: I’m not sure what that word means.

  11. I feel sorry for Ron if his frist experience with Kubert was that thing in Wednesday Comics!  His earlier war stories were immensely better than that thing.

     And, for timely gulf war stories, well, I can’t think of a ‘straight’ one, but Army@Love was pretty timely even being satire, and also by Erskine.

  12. I read Eninis’ WAR STORIES vol. 1 a few months ago and enjoyed the hell out of it. I’ll make it a point to check out that Sgt. Rock book some time soon.

  13. Geat episode, pulled all three books.

  14. @conor I mean too type gimmick

  15. I wish you’d mention Triumph back at the Retcon episode. It was one of the first things that came to mind when I read it.

  16. anyone got anything positive to say about original Enemy Ace? just got showcase online for cheap, without knowing crap about it…i think kubert drew it…?

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