This is one of the few graphic novels I’ve come across that made me sit back and just stare. The artwork, a combination of traditional illustration techniques and the 3D computer imaging used in the finest computer games, is absolutely stunning. Lucky for us, the story is equally brilliant. A reworking of world history, The Battle of Kar Dathra’s Gate follows one Comrade Sorcerer through her brutal memories of the title battle in a conflict which mirrors Russia’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. On that day, she lost both her faith in her country and, more personally, her beloved husband. Her story, however, is much more than it seems, and destiny has greater plans for both her and her husband.
Red Star, vol. 1: The Battle of Kar Dathra’s Gate
by Christian Gossett, Bradley Kayl, et al
Archangel Studios, 2001