Synopses & Reviews
War can be addictive. So testifies journalist David Axe who's been there, in the middle of the action in Iraq. The high is potent no matter how much you know how dangerous it is...
Here's Axe's journal of dealing with his addiction, the high, the sheer excitement of being in there, in the battle, the cost to his life, never mind the threat. A new form of visceral sef-analyzing comics journalism starts with this book...
An allegory for the US?
"When smalltown newspaper journalist David begs an assignment to Iraq, he's supposed to be covering the national elections; actually, he's attracted by the persistent threat of carnage and an urge to get close to violent death. David doesn't want to take part in any battles personally, but he can't stop watching as car bombs explode and bullets punch through bodies. As the title suggests, war can be an addictive drug, and there are people who will take any risk for a fix. Axe himself is a freelance newspaper writer who has been to Iraq six times, so his firsthand observations of episodes in combat are fresh and vivid. Beyond his role as observer, however, David remains a cipher, like most of the characters here. The book fails to develop its pseudo-autobiographical story enough to let an audience decide whether David is a helpless, innocent geek or a perverted voyeur of bloodshed or an even more disturbing combination of those roles. Olexa's black and white art is technically proficient, but it lacks the intensity that would make us identify with David's addiction enough to recognize how much we media-saturated readers share it. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The only downfall of this title is that few teens will pick it to read. Only the teen most interested in war graphic novels will be intrigued by it." VOYA
"Although brief and underdeveloped, War-Fix is essential as background on war and the conflict in Iraq." Librbary Journal
David Axe, a journalist who witnessed the action in Iraq, graphically shares his experience in dealing with his war addiction, the high, and the sheer excitement of being there--in the battle.
About the Author
David Axe started in journalism as a political reporter for a local paper in South Carolina, but his interest in violence started when he was young. His choice to go to Iraq was spurred by his addiction to watching news coverage...and the adrenaline rush of being on the scene. He was embedded with both US and British forces. He stayed alive.