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‘Apache Delivery Service #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review

I never know where Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hillary Jenkins will take us next, but at this point, they have to be a well-oiled machine. When I saw a new title with their names on it (Apache Delivery Service), I had to see. I wanted to know where a new story by this wonderful trio would take me.

It’s a pretty well-known fact that Native Americans served in the Vietnam War. The protagonist of our journey is Navajo, and as seen through a flashback that bleeds through the entire first issue, he doesn’t like violence. Vietnam brought a lot of people into a war they weren’t ready for and never wanted to be a part of, but that’s just the beginning of the journey that – by the end of the issue – lays out an unexpected path that promises to embrace the already surreal hellscape of the war we lost, by making it even more insane.

Kindt chooses his words carefully, leaving most of the book to the visual storytelling acumen of the Jenkins. The words he does use dive in and highlight the racist divide. Jenkins then takes us into the wilderness and shows us a man searching for the best way to not be a part of Vietnam while still trying to survive it.

The book feels cinematic, like it’s stepping out of something from the ’70s when a movie was about saving your words and drawing us in with the imagery, with the silence. The silence in this book is heavy, and the promise is for a strange adventure moving forward in which good guys and bad guys will continue to lose their meaning. I’d highly recommend joining them for this journey, whether you have or haven’t read any of their other books together.

Creative Team: Matt Kindt (script), Tyler Jenkins (art and letters), Hilary Jenkins (colors), Michael Sheyahshe (cultural consultant), Azby Whitecalf (sensitivity consultant), Daniel Chabon (editor), Chuck Howitt, Konner Knudsen (assistant editors), Patrick Satterfield (designer), Betsy Howitt (digital art technician)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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