The Harlem Hellfighters. In , the th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other. From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment—the Harlem Hellfighters. Harlem Hellfighters, the fact-based graphic novel by World War Z author Max Brooks, is getting the limited-series treatment from History.

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Shortly before combat commences, Mark returns to his regiment, who rides out German bombardment of the forward trenches completely unscathed. It may be a personal hellfiguters, but I find that his line is a little heavy with the result that the action in the black and white panels is sometimes hard to follow.

Dark, gritt This flew by like a good movie. Things have definitely improved today, but racism is not yet eradicated and I hope that one day it harleem be because after all: Mark’s friend David Scott is killed by a sniper on their first day in the trenches whilst naively peeking into no man’s land.

This is one of those can’t-lose books, at least if you’re a history buff, a military person, a graphic novel fan, passionate about African American issues, African American, or, probably, male. This book is so worth reading and has such troubling flaws that I’ve struggled to review it.

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May 03, Shira rated it it was ok. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Reaction to the graphic novel was universally positive. A special bonus at the end are a handful of photographs of the non-fictional characters.

We became one of the most decorated units, black or white, in the entire American Expeditionary Force. From the Trade Paperback edition. It can be hard to tell what’s going on during action scenes, and there are places where the violence is so incredibly over the top that it’s just plain distracting. This graphic novel was best at the end: While reading about Puerto Rican musicians in the Harlem Renaissance, I learned that my countrymen–granted US citizenship in fought with the Harlem Hellfighters and played with James Reese once the war ended.


Max Brooks writing Caanan White art. Furthermore, I appreciate being unsettled by stories about war. Thanks to the writing of Max Brooks and the illustrations of Caanan White, this will change. Army donating rifles to local white clubs in preparation for their members potentially serving and causing a shortage in the armed forces, leaving black soldiers unarmed. It may be a personal issue, but The facts of the story – one of the most decorated units of the war who were not given full hellfkghters by the US military leadership during the Jim Crow era – are highly compelling.

As far as I can tell, this is a lightly fictionalized account of the Harlem Brookean all-black regiment that served in World War I.

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Aug 13, Bertrand rated it it was amazing Shelves: Don’t get me wrong, there nrooks a lot of panels that were really quite striking, but overall the art was kind of chaotic for me and didn’t do much to build the narrative.

In addition to the history, it’s worth it for the exquisite passage by Irvin Cobb, penned in the Saturday Evening Post in I don’t know where that phrase actually comes from, but no one is whiter than the most famous doughboy.

Of course, there are drawbacks to the Brooks approach. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government.


I don’t do all that much thinking about Hellfightera War 1, because I’m a borderline pacifist who doesn’t think war is the most interesting part of history. The most prominent woman in the book is a busty girl there to cling to a soldier in bed as he broods – doubly ironic that it’s captioned referencing that some people object to interracial couples, but they’re not a couple with brkoks sense of equality.

The Harlem Hellfighters

He is a graduate of Pitzer College. The th is soon taken aback by the brutal realities of war; the rat-infested, muddy, lice-encompassed trenches become a subject of much complaining. Four stars rather than five because the narrative doesn’t so much conclude as stop.

The novel ends with a series of conclusory panels, dictating that the Harlem Hellfighters spent days in combat, were the first Allied unit to reach the Rhineand that they received a victory parade upon their return home to New York. But it’s good and worth reading.

That woulda been a helluva nice story. Finally, Brooks had the idea to write the story in graphic novel form, and it worked spectacularly well. Jul 11, David Schaafsma rated it liked it Shelves: The author has said the story started as a script he’s been floating around Hollywood and adapted it I’m afraid the ratings may be inflated on this book because of the subject matter.