BATTLE BORN: LAPIS LAZULI is the story of Sergeant King and his platoon taking the fight to the Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan. Deep in the Sar-i-sang valley of Badakhshan province, the Afghan people have mined lapis lazuli and other valuable gemstones for millennia. For the majority of the modern conflict in Afghanistan, Badakhshan had been relatively untouched by the war… Until recently, when the Taliban moved into the region and illegally took over the gemstone trade. With lapis lazuli now a conflict mineral, the Afghan government has requested the help of the United States in recapturing the region from Taliban control.
BATTLE BORN: LAPIS LAZULI was written and illustrated by me, the creator of TERMINAL LANCE, Maximilian Uriarte. It was a lot of work, taking over an entire year to write and illustrate, and I’m excited to see it finally hit the shelves.
This story, while Marine centric, was a great way for me to explore some new ideas outside of TERMINAL LANCE. In some ways, it is a spiritual successor to my first graphic novel, THE WHITE DONKEY (you may even find a white donkey amongst the pages of this new story…), but in others, it’s a very dramatic departure from anything else I’ve ever done. BATTLE BORN is truly a visual experience that you have to hold in your hands and see with your own eyes, with each turn of the page meticulously plotted and planned for maximum impact.
If you’re a fan of TERMINAL LANCE, you will love BATTLE BORN.
BATTLE BORN: LAPIS LAZULI is available for sale everywhere books are sold in hardcover, please check it out here.