One of Max Brooks (World War Z) Favorite War Graphic Novels!
The epic saga of the Zulu warriors which were formed by Shaka Zulu and his descendants.
As the mighty British Empire attempted to flex their muscles in South Africa, they were dealt their worse military defeat...one that Prime Minister Disreali said was the beginning of the end for the British Empire. Yet, on the same day, the British managed to secure one of their greatest victories and one that had more Victorian Crosses issued than any battle previous or since. A dramatic scene which still has repercussions today.
The Zulus. They were seen as a minor problem to the British army station in South Africa. But they had to be dealt with so like Australia and Canada, Britain could form an alliance of all the different nations that made up the region of South Africa. Goaded into battle by British diplomacy, the Zulus realized that they had to strike first if they had any hope of defeating the premier military force of the world.
Causal, over-confident, and even contemptuous, the British army initiated an ultimatum and waited for the Zulus to submit. But the sign of manhood for the Zulus was for them to “wash” their spears in enemy blood and in January of 1879, thousands of young Zulus ascended into manhood for they had indeed, washed their spears.
As the mighty British Empire forced the region South Africa into war, the fame Zulu nation, first formed under the brilliant yet cruel
Shaka-Zulu, inflicted the first blow---a devastating massacre which shook the entire world to its core. The next day, a small garrison at Rorke’s Drift felt the onslaught of the Zulu army and in one of history’s most famous “last stands”, the defenders managed to hold off the Zulus and were awarded more Victorian Crosses than any previous battle in British history. This is the story of those two battles…one that proved Britain was no longer invincible and the other, which led to the demise of the Zulu Empire.
Art by: Wayne Reid
Print: Black and White