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SPECIAL FORCES

Special forces cover Kyle Baker’s 4-issue Special Forces has reached its conclusion, vibrating on every page with his startling layouts and exploding action in out-of-the-way battles in Iraq. The protagonist, a woman named Felony, has an impressive rack despite her otherwise skinny physique, and she has taken the expression “strip for action” literally, divesting herself of all raiment except a tattered top and an ammo belt serving as a battlefield bikini.

A letter from comics historian and feminist Trina Robbins concludes the fourth issue: an admirer of Baker’s, she read the first issue even though she couldn’t believe Baker did “this.” Says she: “I gave it a chance and read it, and I have to say that I don’t get it and I don’t like it. This is not the Kyle Baker I know. It’s not a statement against the war in Iraq: it’s a violent action war comic starring a sexy babe. What the hell?”

To which Baker responds: “I thought you said you didn’t get it. You TOTALLY get it.” Together, the two sum up the title, leaving me to add only that the exuberance of Baker’s art makes the book worth the look — oh, that and the twist he gives his plots. The four issues will be reissued as a paperback tome.

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