- The story of the war to end all wars now in one volume! The prequel to
Image's hit series, Elephantmen finds Africa and China at war. The battlefield: Europe, recently devastated by a lethal virus. Enter: MAPPO's soldiers, The Elephantmen. Even in the face of blistering resistance, it seems that nothing can stop MAPPO's advance across France to the North. But as Hip
Flask comes face to face with the last vestiges of humanity in the frozen
Scandinavian wastes, he discovers that only the dead see the end of warfare.
- Collects Elephantmen: War Toys #1-3
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Elephantmen: War Toys, Volume 1: No Surrender based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
¿Elephantmen: War Toys¿ is a tale of extremes. Looking back on the war spawned by the genetically engineered animal-man hybrids 'the titular Elephantmen', writer Richard Starkings presents, in stark brutality, a dichotomy of survival and destruction. The story opens with the survivors of a horrible plague simply trying to exist in a harsh world. Their desperation is evident, as they openly kill one another to keep themselves safe. But then, midway through the first issue, the tone shifts as the survivors are excessively obliterated by the Elephantmen as the war begins. And yet, as the Elephantmen are bred to be expendable soldiers, even in the destruction of war, there is a push towards survival. This follows the existentialist themes of the ongoing series 'which I highly recommend', making for a thought-provoking read but also makes for a kickass war comic. On the most basic levels, this haunting mix of death and attempted preservation is simply disturbing. The story is full of simply full of death. The dichotomy of brutality and beauty is nothing new for Elephantmen, but the conclusion to this issue presents in such a shocking way that it offers up a fundamentally different perspective through which you can view the entire Elephantmen line. In that sense, this is incredibly rewarding for longtime readers, but still serves as a perfect introduction to all-things Elephantmen. Starkings uses the human point of view to convey the sense of fear and desperation that is clearly gripping her only to subtly turn the tables by showing her biases and fading the separation line between man and animal 'in a parallel to the anthropomorphic Elephantmen soldiers'. In the end, despite focusing on the human, its clear that neither side in the war is without brutality and horrible actions the Elephantmen are just as vicious as the humans, therefore their equals on the battlefield. The story, though deceptively simple, is incredibly thought provoking and powerful. Equally as powerful is the grey-toned art by Moritat. The visuals are equal parts propaganda newsreel footage and Saving Private Ryan, with an amazing sense of texture and intensity. Much like the Elephantmen themselves, the art is haunting and horrifying, yet surprisingly refined and uniquely beautiful. The combined affect puts the reader in the position of a student, learning about the horrors of the war. Much like the scholars of actual wars, the reader is then compelled to be fascinated by the story as they are disgusted by its horrors. In the end, as is standard with all Elephantmen titles, War Toys is ridiculously intelligent, incredibly beautiful, and masterfully crafted. You cannot go wrong with this book. I can¿t think of the last time I read a comic book that was this powerful, this poignant, or this thought provoking. There is absolutely no reason that you don¿t hunt down this book. The haunting vision of this story shows what horrors war is capable of unleashing, while the craftsmanship shows what effectiveness comics are capable of producing. My strongest of recommendations go out on this one.