The Stretcher Bearers

by Reid Beaman, Ryan Beaman

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Book Cover: The Stretcher Bearers

Maxwell Fox didn’t know what he would witness in France. America had only been in the Great War since April 2, 1917. Nothing could have prepared him for the horrors that awaited him and the rest of the men of the 4th Infantry “Ivy” Division. As the Meuse-Argonne Offensive raged on, Maxwell became assigned to a unit of stretcher bearers, men who were tasked with running into harm’s way to rescue their fallen brethren from the clutches of death. This wouldn’t be an easy job, but with Graham, Frank, and Ralph by his side, Maxwell had to rely on his team and hope to survive. A dark and honest look at the bond of brotherhood during war, The Stretcher Bearers tells the unforgettable tale of a young soldier trying to save the lives of wounded soldiers and keep the men he’d formed a bond with alive. But in the “war to end all wars,” no one was safe.

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Reviews:—Mike Lilly, comic artist; Nightwing, Detective Comics, Vampirella wrote:

“STRETCHER! A wounded soldier’s survival depended on the stretcher bearers, unarmed, searching for the shouts and agonizing screams of their brothers in arms. Reid’s gritty, war-torn drawings and layouts of the landscape immerse you in the battle while Ryan and Reid’s pulp-styled, deft writing keeps it a page-turner. I eagerly await more from this duo!”

—Publishers Weekly wrote:

“Rather than a battle action piece, the work harkens back to mature, realistic war comics such as EC’s Frontline Combat or Marvel’s The ’Nam, and the emotional ending tears at the heart without being manipulative. This is a solid historical war narrative—and an intense and moving portrayal of brotherhood.”

About the Contributors

Reid Beaman

Reid Beaman has been illustrating and writing comics ever since his wife encouraged him to follow his dreams. The Stretcher Bearers will be his first published comic work since leaving the world of academics. He is currently working on new stories and comic book projects. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and three dogs. 

Ryan Beaman

Ryan Beaman is a registered nurse by day and comic book writer by night. The Stretcher Bearers will be his first published comic book alongside his brother. He lives in eastern North Carolina, in a small woodshop surrounded by trees.