Addicted to War: A Review of “War Fix”
by Hueso Taveras
First-hand accounts of historical events – like Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Joe Sacco’s Palestine and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis – established comics as a viable art form capable of addressing complicated issues with genuine insight and scholarly merit. In light of this, War Fix (written by David Axe and illustrated by Steve Olexa) comes in as a disappointment.
“It is a long-time tradition in the folk tradition, probably in any artistic tradition, to borrow things from people and you feel like you’re connected with your forefathers and foremothers in music and that’s a good feeling for an artist… It’s really sad when people don’t feel that they are part of a tradition. And I think that’s particularly true in America,” she says. “We want to feel innovative and independent, brilliant and original and100 per cent on your own. To a degree I think there’s something about that that’s healthy, that spirit of pioneering still in music and art, and I think that’s why we are still influential around the world. But I don’t think you can make something very good unless you’re coming from being influenced by something, from roots.”