Post crash post. A MOC comparison between Steef de Prouw and me.
About this creation
Some time ago Steef and I agreed on a MOC comparison. We both love this graphic novel called "The Forever War" and choose the Tauran Cruiser for our mutual reference. You won't believe how many times I slapped myself to the head after that very evening...The build is close to impossible!
The Forever War is a 1988 Belgian science fiction graphic novel trilogy drawn by Marvano and closely based on the award-winning The Forever War novel by Joe Haldeman, who has noted that he "supplied all of the dialogue and scripted [the comic] like a movie".
Drawn in the ligne claire style and originally published in Dutch as De Eeuwige Oorlog, it tells the story of William Mandella, an elite soldier fighting for Earth in a centuries-long interstellar war against the 'Taurans'. The series focuses mainly on the dehumanising effects of war and its attendant bureaucracy.
Staying very faithful to the novel in describing the life of the soldiers and their involvement in various military actions, the graphic novel touches upon themes such as the inhumanity of war (both during combat and in the administration of it) and the change of a society faced with centuries of war footing against an almost totally unseen enemy. Most importantly, it portrays personal experiences of a soldier who, due to pure luck and the Einsteinian time dilation of interstellar travel, fights in and survives the whole length of the war, to end up in a world he does not recognize anymore.
Like the novel, the series is based heavily on Haldemann’s experiences in, and thoughts about, the Vietnam War, which are mirrored in the conduct of the military actions and propaganda operations of Earth's military government, especially in its treatment of enemies and the casualties / veterans on its own side. Like its protagonists, the series shows more resignation than outright cynicism at what are depicted as very human failings unchanged throughout history. Haldemann has noted that Marvano managed to include much more of the novel's "first-person ruminations" by Mandella in the graphic novel than the author had originally thought practical.
The three volumes of the series span the whole of almost one millennia of war between humanity and the Taurans, an extraterrestrial species that stays enigmatic throughout the series. Due to time dilation, the two main characters experience the whole of the war, biologically appearing to be in their early thirties at the end of the hostilities.
One of the few reference pics from the comic.
The series has been translated into French (La Guerre Eternelle) by Dupuis, German (Der Ewige Krieg), Polish (Wieczna wojna), Spanish (La Guerra Interminable) and English (The Forever War) by NBM Publishing.
This covers it up a bit. It was a difficult but very fun build. Here's Steef's version! Hope you enjoyed the tour, and please comment if you like what you see!
A fascinating build and explanation of the story behind it. I love all of the different angles that you've included and the way that you've used studs to give textures. I'm impressed at how well you've copied the original artwork. Excellent work.
Ah, la Guerre Eternelle! Beautiful and very accurate! The challenge would be the massive base seen at the end of volume 3! Hey Gio, what would you think of a group for french belgian comics/graphic novels? It seems to be missing...