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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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09/21/2004 Archived Entry: "SpecWar - Special Warfare"

SpecWar - Special Warfare
Issues 2 - 8
By Frank A. Lauria
Published by Peter Four Productions

Review by Kathy LaFollett

The author, Frank Lauria, is a retired NavySEAL which lends an inside thread of authenticity to this timely military comic series. For all intents we are led through the missions, lives, and personal viewpoints of the SpecWar Team, commanded by Lieutenant Anthony DeBolla.

The author skirts the reality of current military events by presenting the SpecWar Team in the field and out. This is actually a very addictive series. The reader is left wondering if they were allowed a view into the hidden world of our special forces in the 21st Century.

At times the testosterone levels get kitchy, particularly in the bar scenes depicted. "Townies" seem quick to start fights with the Team members. It all seems a bit stereotypical if not "Top Gun-ish". I found myself thinking it not likely a member of such an elite group of highly trained men could be baited so easily in public. At one point a Team member hits a woman in a local bar to start a fight. I hope this wouldn't happen, and I would find myself rather disappointed if it were true. I found the civilian scenes somewhat distracting.

The mission scenes were exciting and very well laid out both artistically as well conversationally. The art itself is impressive and very expressive. Excellent coloring and line wieghts leave a clear, crisp explanatory visual to complement the writing.

SpecWars offers a lot in story and art. It's a great read. I recommend the series for all military buffs.

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