Beautifully illustrated by legendary artist Marvano, and adapted for comics by Marvano and Gay Haldeman, The Forever War is an epic story of humanity, frailty, and the horror of war.
First published by Dupuis in 1988 in Belgium and widely translated, the graphic novel is closely based on the award-winning novel by Joe Haldeman, who has noted that he “supplied all of the dialogue and scripted [the comic] like a movie”. Drawn in the ligne claire style and originally published in Dutch as De Eeuwige Oorlog, it tells the story of William Mandella, an elite soldier fighting for Earth in a centuries-long interstellar war against the ‘Taurans’. The series focuses mainly on the dehumanising effects of war and its attendant bureaucracy.
The comic series was well received and spawned a follow-up trilogy series, A New Beginning, set in the same universe, mainly after the millennium-long war has finished. That’s told primarily from the viewpoint of Marygay Potter, one of the main characters of the original comic trilogy and has a number of connections with events in the follow-up novel Forever Free, and the novella A Separate War, describing the time of separation between the two main characters from Marygay’s perspective.
Joe Haldeman is an ultimate household name in science fiction. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, since the original publication of The Forever War, Joe has maintained a continuous string of SF classics, and as a long-time Professor of Creative Writing at M.I.T., is widely acknowledged as a key mentor figure to many of this generation’s top SF stars.
• The Forever War graphic novel adaptation comes with a stunning cover by artist Steve Kurth (Iron Man Legacy) and hits the shops on 5th December 2017
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.