|Bronx Angel: Politics By Another Method, page 26.|
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We need to stop brainwashing our kids into thinking solely in terms of the stuff that they're getting. That's all I'm sayin'. It's not healthy in the long run--for anyone.
This sequence--and this page in particular--are probably the most emotional part of this story. They set the stage for everything else that happens, put everything else into their proper context.
That said, it's important to remember that this is still just a comic book. Do bad things happen in war? Yes, of course. I think we all know that. But reality in our most recent wars was a lot of bombs and IADs, which were, if anything, even worse than this. With something like that, there's no one to retaliate against, no one to blame. There is random violence, random terror, and then there you are, and people are hurt or killed.
So this is a story about the costs of war. But if anything, those costs are understated here.