Combustion

Chris Lanier presents a haunting picture of the ravages of war and occupation in Combustion. Through wordless and "woodcut" images, an unnamed soldier becomes aware that his actions have consequences. The deeper he is sent into the field, the more human his enemy becomes, and the less able he is to make sense of the conflict. As with most wordless comics, I think even a few words might make this a stronger story, and they would certainly make the actions easier to follow. Lanier's artwork, while similar to Drooker or Kuper, is still a bit too scratchy to convey clearly in some places, especially in transitional scenes. Nevertheless, Combustion certainly aligns with my own thoughts on war, and for that alone it receives good marks.