The Harlem Hellfighters: A Review

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks

In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy.  

Right now I can say I’m really in love with graphic Novels. To me it’s rare to find a graphic novel that has a non fiction sort of feel to it. Usually they are paranormal or contemporary. The Harlem Hellfighters is a historical fiction. The Harlem Hellfighters were real people. Max Brooks is taking his own fictional spin about what happened in WW I.

When I think about Max Brooks all I think is zombies, Mel Brooks, and just silliness. I think the dialogue felt like it came from that time.  The illustrations were perfection, it fitted goriness of how war would have felt. The characters were fun to follow along, and each felt like they were separated like they were their own person.

In this book most of it was these black soldiers trying to get into war. Wanting to fight, wanting to protect people unfortunately who didn’t care. A big part of this book was how heavy racism was in 1917 and so on. These regiments travel to different parts of Europe where racism is definitely not that heavy where they accept them fighting, wanting to be a part of WW I.

In the back of this book it talks about the real Harlem Hellfighters and how some of these men were never given the medals and rights they deserved even after their passing. It’s sad to hear and read all they sacrificed, only to gain little.   

If you're interested in reading this book or anything else Max Brooks has done you can check out his site where you can read a preview of this book. Or anything else he has done.

~ Kellie

I received this book for free for my review from Blogging For Books. 


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