Apocalypse Meow

 APOM   (ADV Manga, 2004)

™ and © 2002 Motofumi Kobayashi

This realistic Vietnam War manga (Kobayashi is a serious military hobbyist) is drawn with a funny-animal cast. The [back cover] blurb compares it to Spiegelman’s Maus, doubtless its inspiration. Americans are rabbits, Vietnamese are cats, Chinese are pandas, etc. At the back is a story Kobayashi drew with regular humans before he decided to make the characters animals. Everything is identical, proving the characters do not need to be drawn as animals at all.

The action follows a reconnaissance team (Sgt. “Perky” Perkins, “Rats,” and “Bota” Botaski of the U.S. Special Forces plus volunteers from Vietnamese anti-communist mountain tribes) on such missions as recon patrols, search and rescue operations, and forward observation during Operation Arclight (1966) through the Tet Offensive (Jan-Feb 1968). Perky, Rats, and Bota spend so much time scouting and sabotaging NVA and Viet Cong operations in enemy territory that none become distinct as individuals. With lots of Vietnam War historical background info and footnote translations of military slang (Willy Pete = M-34 white phosphorous grenade), Apocalypse Meow is a good realistic military manga despite the animal cast.

— Fred Patten

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