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by Garth Ennis

A maverick CIA agent navigates a minefield of dirty tricks and black operatives as he embarks on a globe-hopping search for the U.S. Army's legendary cleanup man, known only as the Unknown Soldier, in this tale exploring battlefield morality and the complex nature of patriotism.
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ISBN: 156389422X
ISBN13: 978-1563894220
Category: Comics
Subcategory: Publishers
Author: Garth Ennis
Language: English
Publisher: DC Comics (June 1, 1998)
Pages: 112 pages
ePUB size: 1208 kb
FB2 size: 1349 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 418
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The Unknown Soldier isn't a big DC character. A master of disguise, the Soldier has been involved in every American conflict since WWII. In this Vertigo series, Garth Ennis offers a look back on the conflicts, through the eyes of CIA agent William Clyde.

Ennis has always been an author known for two things, patriotism toward America, and calling America out on it's crap. William Clyde is great example of this, a very by-the-book agent serving his country, drawn into unraveling a web of atrocities his country committed. This all comes together in a great dialogue in the last issue.

Now, I have do have some issues with agent Clyde not quite demonstrating the field skills his reputation would suggest. I would also have preferred this comic to go on a good deal longer. But overall, this was a solid read.
Another classic from Garth Ennis. More old school in style and perhaps a bit out dated for some of today's younger crowds. Although, if you are fan of Ennis and enjoy his various writings on the subjects of war, you'll definitely want to add this one to your collection.
This book was like so gruesome and yet the story great...with an unexpected ending...
Gold Crown
It was a very enjoyable read. Of course, I'm a big Garth Ennis fan anyway. Definitely 5 Stars.
I bought this series some years ago, expecting something similar to the original "Unknown Soldier" stories from the 1970's. I flipped through the books and then, disappointed by the seemingly gratuitous violence and crass dialogue, set them aside and forgot about them. This wasn't the Unknown Soldier I knew from the earlier series. I never gave the story a chance.

Today I found them filed away in a box where they been laying for a decade and decided to take another look. This time I set my preconceived notions aside and just read. I couldn't put the books down and I see now why the series went to additional printings.

In the course of his story, Ennis touches on many of the highly questionable activities that the runaway American intelligence community engaged in during the paranoid years of the Cold War. His portrayal of the Soldier as an at first witless, then acquiescent participant in those activities is a timeless depiction of a person who justifies a complete abandonment of morality in the name of "patriotism". In these days of pointless militaristic fervor for a laughable, fabricated "War on Terror", the message is especially relevant. Telling the story through the experience of a young American intelligence agent who holds fast to his principles and ideals makes the story poignant and inspirational despite its hard-edged climax.

As he did in "303", Ennis shines a light on events that a lot of Americans have a hard time dealing with and choose to ignore. By speaking out as he does, and doing it in a skilled and entertaining way, Ennis shows that he is not only one of the best, but also one of the most courageous and honorable writers ever to work in the medium. More comics creators should follow his lead.

And Kilian Plunkett's artwork is a perfect blend of realistic and artistic elements in the vein of the very best of the classic European comics artists. This series has everything!
Since I do a lot of illustration on my spare time, I tend to be very picky about the artwork in the comics I buy and not so picky about the stories. I usually gravitate towards artwork that is clean and has a really strong sense of anatomy, perspective and all the classical skills. In contrast, the artwork by Killian Plunkett in Unknown Soldier is much looser with seemingly little regard to making the proportions or details accurate. But you know what? It is some of the best artwork EVER. The reason is simple: Plunkett's visual storytelling is absolutely mind-boggingly well-executed. The choice of "shots" (like a movie director) he uses to tell the story accentuate each moment perfectly. The facial expressions are dead-on and much more varied and convincing than the cartoonish stuff in most other comics. Whereas other artists tend to interrupt the story to show off with big fancy splash pages filled with posing characters, Plunkett's work here is completely devoted to the story. Every panel works to tell the story rather than show off how well the artist knows his anatomy. However, I do not mean to imply Plunkett's art does not demonstrate mastery of anatomy, perspective, etc - I just mean the technical side isn't the focus. For example, check out the sequence where the hit squad attacks the Alaskan cabin: Plunkett clearly knows how to draw, but he never once pauses the action to show the hit squad in "cool poses" as you might see in an Image comic. Instead, the art efficiently conveys how fast and brutal the action is. Each shot is meaningful. It's a wicked little sequence that Plunkett executes perfectly. I've spoken mostly about the artwork so far, but the story by Garth Ennis is actually very intriguing. If you're interested in dark, twisty stories about CIA and military conspiracies, then Unknown Soldier is for you. The dialogue is great and the story unfolds with a lot unpredictable twists and turns (not to mention shocks) which the artwork perfectly accentuates. Overall, this is easily in my top 5 series of all time and is a must-read for any comic fan that wants more than men in tights. [email protected]