Tet #1 Review

Posted September 11, 2015 by Chris White in Comic Books

Written by: Paul Allor

Art by: Paul Tucker

Publisher: IDW

War under any circumstance is a horrible and despicable act of humanity. No matter how many lives are lost or kept, the true nature of conflict is messy, devastating and psychologically draining. In Tet #1, Allor manages to capture the effects of the Vietnam war on its characters without drowning the story in patriotism; war shouldn’t be glorified and in Tet #1 it most certainly isn’t.

Eugene is a flawed and troubled character, deeply affected by Vietnam, yet he still remains likeable and understanding. He is a guy that has seen everything and wants more than anything to be free from the shackles of conflict. Paul Allor has created incredible characters throughout, but it is Eugene and Hà that are the most interesting. They both share deeply intricate personalities and have both suffered in some way, yet are led by the dreams of escaping Vietnam. It is that drive and desire that helps you to connect with them; surely all of us have wanted something so much it hurts?

The story itself and the way it is laid out makes it feel authentic. At times it moves fast and between time frames, delivering a frantic yet lucid journey from beginning to end. There is a moment in Tet #1 that stops your heart; that raw emotion that Allor writes with gets you and it highlights the real affects of war, the side that only those that have lived through it will ever see.

Paul Tucker’s artwork, both in colour and design, does a great job of bringing the grim vision of Allor’s Vietnam to life. The colours used give a gritty realism to the story, with the faces (especially Eugene) showing their thoughts and feelings quite clearly which makes it easier to understand their turmoil. Also, in what is an obvious homage, Tucker uses a very similar style to the comics of that era, which used a basic colour palette, adding to the authenticity as previously mentioned.

Tet #1 is remarkable in every way. There is a detective story flowing throughout that is interesting on its own, but Allor weaves in a love story that struggles to breathe as the war takes its toll on all involved. It is intoxicating, personal and smartly written; if you like war stories with heart, give it a go.

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Chris White

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