Based on the Hugo and Nebula award-winning The Forever War novel by Joe Haldeman!
The interstellar nightmare continues.
The Forever War has the strange ability to feel more “real” than most of the other space epics out there, despite the fact that its technology is based on a 1970’s projection of future warfare and space travel. It may have something to do with the B-movie aesthetics, but I think it has more to do with its claustrophobic focus on the main characters’ squad. You don’t know what’s going on; you know there’s a “bigger picture,” but there’s a yawning chasm in your knowledge. You’d like to trust the official narrative about the enemy and its motives, but something tells you there’s infinitely more to the story…you stand on the precipice of an awful secret, and you know the fall will kill you.
Part of the queasy, dreamlike power of the narrative comes from the casual way the characters are killed off. It’s fortunate that each squadmember has their name written across the front of their helmet, because they’re impossible to tell apart. They’re merely ciphers. The Enemy is even worse – barely able to defend themselves – they just flail around until they are slaughtered. What’s the purpose to this killing? Why this war? Why this awful, isolated, claustrophobic hurtle through the void?
The Forever War is the anti-Star Wars and Star Trek: pessimistic, bare-bones, cold, brutal. And the horrible thing is, it may be a more realistic depiction of a future space war. I highly recommend it.
Final Verdict: 4 out of 5.
The Forever War #2 can be found at Titan Comics
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.