Dark Horse Just Reminded Me of ‘Nanjing: The Burning City’ from Ethan Young

Sometimes publishers send out PR just to remind you that a book exists and is still coming out on schedule, which is why today I’m writing out just a little bit about Ethan Young’s August-releasing graphic novel ‘Nanjing: The Burning City’.


The book takes place during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, which took place just before World War II broke out. During their invasion of the country, Japan seized and raided several cities – with one of the most well-known attacks being the Nanjing Massacre of 1937.

Young’s story is set just after that attack, as two Chinese soldiers, trapped in the city and cut off from their army, try to escape. As Dark Horse put it:

After the bombs fell and shook the walls of Nanjing, the Imperial Japanese Army entered and seized the Chinese capital. Through the dust of the demolished buildings, screams echo off the rubble. Two abandoned Chinese soldiers are trapped and desperately outnumbered inside the walled city. What they’ll encounter will haunt them. But in the face of horror, they’ll learn that resistance and bravery cannot be destroyed by the enemy.

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This is a harder, grittier style of artwork than Young’s other most well-known work, the webcomic ‘Tails’, and looks to be a far tougher story – but a fascinating one, if nothing else. Nanjing: The Burning City is due out from Dark Horse in August this year.


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