The Stretcher Bearers

by Reid Beaman, Ryan Beaman

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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.”

—Foreword Reviews wrote:

“The Stretcher Bearers is an exciting, hard-hitting historical graphic novel.”

—Graphic Policy wrote:

“The Stretcher Bearers is a surprisingly touching graphic novel that'll have you fighting back tears by the end.”

—Arcadia Pod wrote:

“I absolutely loved this book for many reasons. As many of my readers know, I’m not a fan of the overdone part of war history where everyone hyper-focuses on one battle (Gettysburg, D-Day etc) and every historian churns out constant books on that one thing. I came across The Stretcher Bearers right when I was looking for information on atypical WWI war experiences, and you can’t get much more ‘off the beaten path’ than a group of field medics in the infancy of the position. The story finds an amazing balance of showing the war as an inhuman meat grinder with no regard for any of the human pawns doing all of the fighting, and showing that glimmers of hope can come through the chaos in the most mysterious of ways. I wasn’t expecting such an emotional script by The Beamans, but they achieved the sort of impactful roller-coaster few comics pull off.”


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.