Big Sarge #1: "Morning Run"

Illustration by Matt Battaglia

This week, Big Sarge takes his squad on a run.

Adam Linehan

We've all known a Big Sarge. He's that one NCO in your platoon or company who prefers to lead from anywhere but the front, who demands the most of his soldiers but very little of himself, who, despite being a thorn in the side of his seniors, peers, and subordinates alike, will defy the odds and retire from the Army with a pension and a lifetime of disability checks that he didn't actually earn.

We decided to create this comic strip for everyone who's ever suffered under the leadership of a Big Sarge. Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge Maximilian Uriarte, creator of Terminal Lance, who paved the way for using comic strips as a medium to depict post-9/11 military life. Big Sarge is our small contribution to an old tradition that Max made relevant again.

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