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THE ART OF WAR A GRAPHIC NOVEL BY

KELLY ROMAN

ILLUSTRATED BY

MICHAEL DEWEESE


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PRAISE FOR

“An astounding adaptation of Sun Tzu’s ancient text that made me think about its application in an entirely new way.” —Brigadier General (Ret.) Stephen N. Xenakis, U.S. Army “Imaginative, provocative, powerful, and disturbing, Kelly Roman’s THE ART OF WAR should be required reading for those concerned with the future of America and its place in the world.” —Minxin Pei, professor of government, Claremont McKenna College “THE ART OF WAR is a dark, powerful, incredibly well-written story that illustrates the good, the bad, and the ugly realities of living by strategic codes—and what happens if you violate them. I found it very hard to put down.” —Adisa Banjoko, founder, Hip Hop Chess Federation “Filled with demon drones, nano scouts, and genetically engineered soldiers—once I’d started it I couldn’t put it down.” —Peter Rojas, cofounder, gdgt, Engadget, Gizmodo, Joystiq

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“THE ART OF WAR rebrands the millennium. It melts down debased ideology, revalues cultural currency, mints strange new coin, and buys tomorrow—pawns everything you know. Money doesn’t just talk now, it fights—and it fights dirty. “The story is relentless—its violence harsh, its sex brutal, its art graphic and unflinching. Ideas pop like cluster bomblets: some provoke thought, some sick hilarity— others are just weird and twisted. And yet, against the odds, stretched taut through the cynical mayhem, a thread of humanity persists, tenuous but unbreakable. What else could a reader ask for?” —Jamie Delano, author of Hellblazer

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Illustrated by

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a GraphIc Novel by

Kelly RoMan

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the art of war : a graphic novel. Copyright © 2012 by Kelly Roman. English translation of The Art of War copyright © 1910 by Lionel Giles. M.A. All rights reserved. Printed in China. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For information address HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022.

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Designed by William Ruoto Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available upon request. ISBN 978-0-06-210394-9 12

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The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler.

earth comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; the chances of life and death.

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Heaven signifies night and day, cold and heat, times and seasons.

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The Commander stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage and strictness.

By method and discipline are to be understood the maintenance of roads by which supplies may reach the army, and the control of military expenditure.

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This was not the town I remembered.

This woman used to be happy.

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My brother, Shane, and I used to save our money to watch horror movies here.

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On which side is discipline most rigorously enforced?

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With whom lie the advantages derived from Heaven and Earth?

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Which army is stronger?

On which side are officers and men more highly trained?

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in which army is there the greater constancy both in reward and punishment?

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it had the same sound yours did when you told me you kilLed someone for the first time.

What hapPened to his life insurance?

I spent it as fast as I could.

I only started feEling some peace when it was gone.

They mailed me the things he kept in his ofFice. Clothes and whatnot. I put ’em in the atTic.

No.

you bury him next to mom?

You seE…

Shane left his arRangements to his employer.

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ToOk me two years.

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They buried him in their own graveyard.


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All warfare is based on deception.

Hold out baits to entice the enemy.

if he is taking his ease, give him no rest.

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When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away.

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The attic was what we had instead of a tomb.

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The trunk, instead of his casket.

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My father avoided the attic. He preferred the basement.

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if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped.

He never told me how bad his ticker had gotten. Didn’t want me to worry.

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Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped…

…other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue.

Don’t worRy. I’lL be alL right…

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…your strength exhausted and your treasure spent…

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…I fixed up your ride…

Go visit her, KelLy.

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Though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been associated with long delays.

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My stomach became a cold stone when I reached Jackie’s door. The only things I recognized were her eyes.

Unfortunately, they didn’t do so goOd a job… …on the rest of me.

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They had to reconstruct my face.

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it is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.

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remember the night before this hapPened?

how we made love?

prison was nothing.

they should’ve hanged me for what I did to you.

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please kisS me.

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KelLy, don’t go!

There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.

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Now in order to kill the enemy, our men must be roused to anger.

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There is no deeper source of anger than self-hate.

My reward would be losing myself...

...and becoming someone else.

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That there may be advantage from defeating the enemy, they must have their rewards.

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The captured soldiers should be kindly treated and kept. This is called using the conquered foe to augment one's own strength.

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Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate...

…the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.

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in war, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.

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Times Square. Times sure had changed.

in the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact.

To shatter and destroy it is not so good.

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Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence. Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

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One free library left.

Broken teeth littered the path to the free computers.

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HelLo, Mr. Gates?

I read a WalL StreEt Journal article that said you worked with Shane and toOk over for him when he died. You got time for lunch?

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I’m Shane Roman’s brother.

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There’s an algorithm expresSed in the way beEs dance that comMunicates where the honey is. The BeEs Algorithm.

Your brother used it to predict volatility in the polLution credit markets. Trench made a fortune.

Shane made enemies. He holed up somewhere, no one saw or heard from him for months. He died his first day back in the ofFice. By then half the financial industry was studying insects.

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Some found sucCesS, but nothing like your brother’s. it’s toO bad he didn’t live long enough to colLect his share of the profits.

You seE, if you die serving Trench, your profits are inherited by the firm’s sole investor.

tHe People’s Republic of China.

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We manage most of the Chinese government’s sovereign wealth, the money it sets aside for investment around the world. Vespoid manages the wealth of India and the Vatican. Paulson manages what’s left of Medicare and Social Security for the United States.

As you can imagine,the financial markets have become militarized.

the skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting.

New York and the U.S. Government are so desperate for taxes, they turn a blind eye to the horRor. That’s the only reason the funds are in New York. No one interferes with us here.

He captures their cities without laying siege to them. He overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.

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The general, unable to control his irritation, will launch his men to the assault like swarming ants.

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The sucCesS of a fund’s portfolio often determines how much the investor nation can spend on its military or infrastructure or health care in a given year.

Competitors wilL do their best to extract information from you.

The fate of their nation depends on it.

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Give me a hard copy of your ’ resum’e. Trench likes military men, especialLy those with legacy.

I’d like to know how my brother died.

This is the method of attacking by stratagem.

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He died at his desk doing what he loved.

it is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one, to surround him.

I wish I could say he felt litTle pain.

YOu know, I’m sudDenly feEling a litTle…

if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two.

if equally matched, we can offer battle.

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if five to one, to attack him.

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Mr. Gates, your eyes, and your…

Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force.

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Now the general is the bulwark of the State.

if the bulwark is complete at all points, the State will be strong.

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if the bulwark is defective, the State will be weak.

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I’d been vaccinated for every disease on the planet but it didn’t matter. The blood on me carried no pathogen.

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He was our only shot.

We'lL be OK…You did your best…Let's go home.

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My name is Cato. I’m from Trench Human Resources. ’ We found your r’esume in Mr. Gates’s jacket.

I would like to interview you.

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He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.

That’s clasSified.

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How many enemy combatants did you kilL as a member of Sub Space Ops?

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One of our portfolio companies produces gene therapies for Sub Space Ops… I’m pulLing your file…You kilLed two thousand, nine hundred and fifty five.

You have streaming experience recalL, heightened learning skilLs, retinal implants, low frequency hearing, antifreEze bloOd, resin bone, low oxygen muscle fiber.

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And your fingernails and toenails are implants made of bleached, reinforced obsidian, fused to the bone.

Why don’t you telL me about the friendly fire incident for which you were imprisoned.

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We were sent to destroy something in the desert.

I had a ritual before combat. Grain alcohol mixed with powdered cafFeine. Started after I clocked my thousandth kilL.

I opened fire in the wrong direction.

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A sand storm came up.

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Our field medic, Lieutenant Jackie Grady. I ripPed her apart.

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Congratulations, Mr. Roman. We’ve reached the final stage of the interview.


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At this point I neEd to reveal confidential information related to Trench businesS practices. Please sign this if you would like to proceEd.

He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.

He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.

At the end of the interview, I’lL give you a second injection that wilL erase your memory of the mapPed time.

if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

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This injection wilL map the area of your brain that wilL remember the next sixty minutes.

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if you telL me this number I wilL stop the interview and you can go back home to Ohio.

Refuse to telL me the number, and you’lL be hired.

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I’m going to ask you for the number more than once.

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You’re kidDing… right?

if you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

You may or may not choOse to participate.

it doesn’t matTer to me what you decide.

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I derive no pleasure from this, Mr. Roman. We do this because the Chinese economy depends on the quality of our fund managers.

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What’s the number, Mr. Roman?

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Your son may be a while longer. Have some more tea.

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if you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

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