The Harlem Hellfighters. In , the th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other. From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment—the Harlem Hellfighters. Harlem Hellfighters, the fact-based graphic novel by World War Z author Max Brooks, is getting the limited-series treatment from History.

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The section on the end of the actual people was probably the best part of the book. This flew by like a good movie. I remembered I had acquired this graphic novel in November of last year and searched for it in my library.

Aug 12, Sesana rated it really liked it Shelves: Army donating rifles to local white clubs brkoks preparation for their members potentially serving and causing a shortage in the armed forces, leaving harkem soldiers unarmed. As the war progresses, bombings and gas attacks become part of the th’s daily routine.

There are eerie convergences of beautiful art and violent circumstances. I love books like this, that teach me something I didn’t know, hrllfighters something that I didn’t know was a bias in my life.

Four stars rather than five because the narrative doesn’t so much conclude as stop. It is appropriate for high-schoolers and adults. But much of the representation of hellfightegs lacks humanity. In an interview, Brooks mentioned he’d been shopping this around Hollywood as movie property, and I can how the graphic novel’s final scene would have worked well as a third act, a big cinematic climax.

Apr 10, eddie rated it liked it. Ok, so comic book format, and this modern format in particular, is not my thing, but the history was well brought to life.

The Harlem Hellfighters

I am grateful that this was drawn in black and white. Jul 08, Jeimy rated it really liked it. Reaction to the graphic novel was universally positive.

Sep 26, Theophilus Theo rated it it was amazing. Private Henry Johnson becomes the first American to receive the Croix de Guerre after dispatching a German “raider party” armed solely with a bolo knife and rifle, saving the lives of multiple comrades. The treatment by Brooks hellfgihters good and the cameos by Eugene Bullard who’s currently being treated in comic form heolfighters the pages of the Washington Post comics section and James Reese Europe “The King of Jazz” are nice touches.


Hellfighfers 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. Jul 11, David Schaafsma rated it liked it Shelves: Brooks and White tell a thrilling saga of noble perseverance, individual valor and sacrifice and collective triumph, showing how combat abroad in war contributed to the larger quest for civil rights at home.

In fact, a number of the th soldiers elected to stay in France after the war was over, rather than come back to a segregated America, where they would be expected to resume their place at the bottom of the social ladder.

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks

I’m always appreciative of having my understanding of history expanded and filled out. As far as I can tell, this is a lightly fictionalized account of the Harlem Hellfightersan hellfighterss regiment that served in World War I.

In Julythe regiment commences basic training at Camp Whitman, where they are strictly disciplined and educated by a benevolent Adams. When asked about his service, his countenance would cloud and a frown would come over his face and he would say he didn’t want to talk about it.

It would be far hellfihgters gory I imagine. This graphic novel was best at the end: Overall I liked the book, just found it a little 2 dimensional. Concurrently, members of the regimental band are subjected to the precise hatlem of renowned bandleader Lt. And here we were, spilling our blood, losing our friends, heplfighters things, doing things, the likes of which can change a man forever. But, in my imagination it’s the whitest war. This is especially true in the battle scenes, which from a distance appear to be a mass of fragmented shadows.


There are some brutal scenes, typical of horrific events during a war, but the stark contrast of black and white makes the scenes more powerful and vivid than full colour. This time I thought the comics format would haroem my interest. Henry Johnson was the winner of the French Cross of War.

Adams subsequently volunteers the th for this duty. This is the perfect medium to share multi-facets of a oft-times dismissed war. Jan 16, John Wiswell rated it liked it. Of course, there are drawbacks to t As a work of black American history, it’s a masterpiece, but as a work of graphic novel entertainment, it’s just about average.

It may be a personal issue, but The facts of the story – one hellfighteds the most decorated units of the war who brookss not given full respect by the US military leadership during the Jim Crow era – are highly compelling. I really liked this here book. Be the first to ask a question about The Harlem Hellfighters.

I’m afraid the ratings may be inflated on this book because of the subject matter. For this reason, it was great to read the story of the Harlem Hellfighters, who fought despite extreme prejudice from their own countryfolk on top of the horrors of WWI warfare. The material is too adult rbooks a young picture book crowd.

However, in order for hellfightets to be executed, the Americans must enforce the illusion that the trenches are still stocked with men by placing a “volunteer unit” left behind.

Denied the ability to even defend themselves back home, the Hellfighters tear up the Western Front and terrify the Germans, facing down machine guns, rats, and poison gas with stoic relentlessness and deflected fury.