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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 161

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at a great five-issue mini-series about the Vietnam War by Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart called the Other Side!

Enjoy!

The 2006 mini-series, the Other Side, by Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart, is a brilliant look at the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of an American soldier and a Vietnamese soldier. As the book goes along, the title of the comic takes on a whole other meaning, but that would give away too much.

For now, I think honestly the introductory five pages will give you an appreciation for the set-up of the story as well as the amazing art from Cam Stewart.

Check it out…

and then…

Isn’t that a damned impressive opening to the series?

I suppose I should give a glimpse at a later issue, as well, so here’s a snippet from #4…

Again, Aaron and Stewart combine to form a beautifully off-kilter work here.

Great series.

6 Comments

Loved this comic so much. Bought it just for Cam-Stew, and then, well, Jason goddamn Aaron comes out of nowhere. Fantastic.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm

This was my first introduction to the legendary Jason goddamn Aaron.

This series also convinced me to give the goddamned SCALPED a try.

Ever since then, I’ve been converted into goddamned Jason goddamn Aaron fan.

And I never LOOKED back.

Probably will burn in everlasting hell for this post. ;-)

Cam-stew art doesn’t hurt at all.

I wasn’t initially impressed at this book, as it’s basically taking the exact same concepts as Full Metal Jacket, Jarhead, and about fifty billion other war movies and recycling them, but the execution is dead-on perfect.

From Wiki: (and also ’cause I remember reading it in the Vertigo editorial page):

“Jason is a cousin of Gustav Hasford, author of The Short-Timers, which was later adapted into the film Full Metal Jacket. Jason wrote The Other Side to honour Gus.”

This was my introduction to Jason Aaron as well, what a great writer. And Stewart’s Kurtzman-inspired artwork was stunning.

Travis Pelkie

June 12, 2010 at 2:17 am

The script to the first issue of this is what caught editor Will Dennis’s attention to Jason Aaron, and why Aaron is working in comics now. So big thanks to Will Dennis!!

I met Will at Ithacon almost 2 (?) years ago, before Aaron was announced to be Marvel exclusive (not including Scalped, of course), and told him to give Jason Aaron more work so that he didn’t have to do more Wolverine stuff. Looking back at the way Will Dennis scowled, I suspect he knew Aaron was going to Marvel but couldn’t say anything.

Ithacon is actually where I picked up my copy of the Other Side. I’ll have to read it again when I finally catch back up with Scalped.

There are text pieces in the trade where Jason Aaron talks about his cousin and why he wrote the Other Side.

And Cam Stew rocks.

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