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05/01/2005 Entry: "Demo #7 "One Shot, Don't Miss""

"Now, understand this: I have absolutely no quarrel with Wood's politics. Nor do I have any disagreements with his, or the story's, descriptions of the economic situation confronting poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in the U.S. today. In fact, I think he's right on the money (pun intended).

"What I find impossible to believe is that the U.S. military would let John Hatfield go home.

"Think about it. The guy, a private first class, has willfully disregarded a direct order. Worse, he has made a statement -- 'I just wonder what makes people assume I'm always going to be aiming at the enemy?' -- that is a fairly explicit threat against other members of the United States military. Does anybody really think that the Army is just going to wish him well and wave bye-bye?"
An Eisner Win for Demo #7 Would Be Highly Illogical, by Denise Sudell, Sequential Tart, May 2005

So, okay, Demo #7 "One Shot, Don't Miss" is so famous even I own a copy and I just re-read the section in question. Logically, one would think that anyone who even obliquely threatened an officer would end up doing some quiet time in the brig. On the other hand, our Military is not the most logical creature on earth. The CO might decide this was a sociopath he didn't want to deal with anymore, give him a dishonorable discharge and send him back to civilian life.

However, I understand Denise's objection and when I read this comic last year, this gave me pause as well.

Military readers, help me out: is this so farfetched? Seems like a fair number of soldiers are dishonorably discharged because they don't/won't/can't fit in or they've done something minor and it's just too much trouble to prosecute them.

I'd need to see what Demo #7 is up against in the Eisners to know if it should win for best single issue, but whether it wins or not, it's a very powerful read even if you have to suspend your disbelief a little further than usual.

 

 

 

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