Montreal Review of Books | Ian McGillis | August 29, 2005
WAR’S END in the Montreal Review of Books
Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Gorazde was an epic graphic novel that provided a better sense of the war in Yugoslavia than any amount of earnest journalism could have. War’s End is smaller in both scale and focus but no less intense, consisting of two short sections. “Christmas with Karadzic” recounts the efforts of a group of war-weary foreign journalists to score an interview with the notorious Bosnian Serb leader. “Sabo” shows us the unguarded side of the warrior/artist/musician who became the international face of Sarajevo’s resistance in the darkest days of the siege. As the war draws to a close, Sabo and his community of fellow survivors, all damaged to varying degrees, are left to decompress and deal with the fallout. Sacco’s innovative use of panels and text boxes is perfectly suited to conveying both the physical realities of war and the interior states – defiant, despairing, numb, and exultant – of his characters.