By Tom King & Mitch Gerads
Empathy is a difficult virtue under the best of circumstances. During wartime, it can feel like a downright impossibility. Yet, this important quality is the focus of the latest chapter of Tom King’s portrait of Iraq in the aftermath of The Second Gulf War. The previous issues had focused on a variety of personalities in order to create a tapestry of life under the American occupation. #5 does something different, as King dedicates the entire installment to one late night conversation between two characters. The result is a humane portrait of individuals grappling with how to connect and make sense of their lives.