Unknown Soldier #5
DC Comics / Vertigo
(a) Alberto Ponticelli
FC, 32 pgs w/ ads $2.99 US
The specific plot of Unknown Soldier is outshined by its setting. It’s 2002 in northern Uganda; it’s a time of war, government corruption, and ethic conflict. Uganda’s president, Museveni tightens his hold on the African country; rebels fight, children are forced into becoming armed combatants, and rape is just as much a weapon as machine guns and machetes. It’s a complete nightmare, and no comic can ever fully capture it. But…Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli try.
The story these gentlemen tell isn’t glorified, it’s an attempt to open eyes. And what I saw was horrible. This team’s fictional tale ties well into an ongoing struggle. Unknown Soldier is the smartest and the brutalist comic on shelves today. Track it down. (Dana Tillusz)