Review: The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan

Anyone who has been in the military and been on deployment, all have different experiences. Most people who are not or never have been in the military would even know, that there is a good number of military members who have never been and will never be on deployment. For those of who have been, we always get these pre-deployment briefings, letting us know what can we expect. This is where we find out where we are going, what is our mission and the expected length of the deployment.

There is a ton of things that most of these briefings, don’t tell you, and the main thing to me, has always been PTSD. There is nothing like when you are somewhere public, with people doing normal things, and certain things just trigger you, and it is nothing you can explain to your family and/or friends. Only people who have been deployed, can truly understand what you go through, and not everyone gets PTSD, but enough of us do, and most keep it under control but those unfortunate souls, who can’t, suffer the most and may pay the ultimate price. In The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, writer Bryan Doerries brings you to a world, which finds parallels between Homer’s Odyssey and those of most military members on deployment, where most of these characters suffer from some form of PTSD.

Within the first few pages, the reader and is introduced to Sgt. Jack Brennan. whose infantry squad has been cleared to go back home, but he wants them to know a few things. This is where he tells his men the story of Odysseus, even embellishing part of the original story, for them to relate it things he and them have encountered in war and at home. As the story moves forward, the reader realizes even though the story is familiar, just how affecting, PTSD has always been, as Homer spoke of it in various ways through the Odyssey. By the end of the book, the back and forth narrative between the infantry squad’s story and the Odyssey, leaves the readers the same place these men want to be… home.

Overall, an excellent story,that draws comparisons between modern military deployments and those of ancient times. The story by Doerries, is smart, affecting, and emotional, as it reminded me of scenes from my own life. The art by Ruliffson, Jones, Andersen, Meconis, and Bertozzi, is seamless and complements the story. Altogether, an important book, that may serve as a primer for those with family members who are in the military and for a better understanding of PTSD.

Story: Bryan Doerries
Art: Jess Ruliffson, Joelle Jones, Justine Mara Andersen, Dylan Meconis and Nick Bertozzi
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy