搭配Adam Hochschild 撰寫的16頁戰役首日專文別冊，漫畫家Joe Sacco以獨特筆觸描繪1916索姆河戰役爆發景況，畫出前線一兵一卒的細微情感：「我想把戰場上每一個人的故事畫出來，想像筆下這一位士兵的媽媽正擔心他，那一位的情人還在等他…畫到最後，我的筆如同當年戰爭，將他們殲滅。」透過仔細端詳每一頁場景，彷彿陪伴畫中每一位士兵走上前線，直到那一場戰役的最後。Joe Sacco用最溫柔的方式，帶領讀者重返現場，進一步思考戰爭與人的關係。(文／博客來編譯)
From “the heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman” (Economist) comes a monumental, wordless depiction of the most infamous day of World War I.
Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoon journalist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary, 24-foot- long panorama: from General Douglas Haig and the massive artillery positions behind the trench lines to the legions of soldiers going “over the top” and getting cut down in no-man’s-land, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse. Printed on fine accordion-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe slipcase with a 16-page booklet, The Great War is a landmark in Sacco’s illustrious career and allows us to see the War to End All Wars as we’ve never seen it before. 24 plates