Sheriff of Babylon Enter Abu Rahim

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Sheriff of Babylon 8Title: The Sheriff of Babylon #8

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Mitch Gerads

Colorist: Mitch Gerads

Letterer: Travis Lanham

Publisher: Vertigo Comics

Release Date: August 3, 2016

Life in Iraq never gets easier. Just when you think you’ve learned the rules, they change the game on you. Everyone has a price and negotiations breakdown as the US government thinks they found their ace in the hole, Abu Rahim. A terrorist “willing” to make concessions if negotiations go in his favor with Sofia Al Awani and Nassir.,

Christopher Henry is in his own hell, after being called up to the operations office to essentially be one of the government boys, the introductions to one of the big bosses, who looks a lot like Marshall Murdock in Rambo: First Blood Part II, a scuzzy big wig who’s never got his hands dirty but loves to play soldier in order to make him feel like a man.

Unfortunately, for Chris he’s got to deal with Franklin, the middle man who leaves him waiting with NCIS an unsympathetic sub-human being that couldn’t remember Fatima or Nassir Al Maghreb, just another two expendable sand monkeys. The interesting thing with Gerads’ art is that at his introduction, he had the look of  Ted McGinley, charming with a great smile, but as the panels continue to change and colors evolve, he gets uglier, as if to show his true face is being revealed in his disdain for those who are nothing more than just a statistic, just like Abu Rahim.

I almost go through withdrawals in waiting for each issue of The Sheriff of Babylon. This is easily my favorite book that Vertigo puts out and the little Easter eggs from the Time Magazine covers to how the cigarette smoke can fog up the frame is exceptional. This is an exceptional piece of fiction that allows comic fans to the experience the realities and the horrors of war-torn nations, especially one that went from ally to enemy so quickly 25 years ago.

Sheriff of Babylon
  • 10/10
    Story - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Art - 10/10
10/10

The Verdict

If I ever go back to teaching, The Sheriff of Babylon will become require reading for my students.

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