Top titles for the week are Crossed #4 and Unknown Soldier #6;
Crossed #4 overcame last issues uninvolving character focussed moral dillemas and instead concentrated on good old fear and terror. It works a treat. Enough to give any comic reader bad dreams, this title is the ultimate in perverse horror and sheer terror – ‘Crossed’ has the fear in spades.
Unknown Soldier #6 continues the quality of this title, with its own very real take on the horror of violence, the tyranny of man and the haunting, disturbing truth about child soldiers and child abduction in Africa. Absolutley essential comic, and my title of the week.
Moses fights fire with fire and extracts a brutal revenge
Following on from last issues impending confrontation with the LRA, issue 6 of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ does not hold back, as Moses seeks out the LRA lieutenant, Ilakut, ‘the lieutenant of children, as Moses scornfully describes him. When Moses catches up with Ilakut, it is a bloody and desperate fight, but the outcome is never in doubt. Whatever Moses has become, it is in the guise of the ‘Unknown Soldier’, and that is a terrifying, even terrible prospect. The ‘Unknown Soldier’ is an efficient and brutal killer, his sole purpose is seemingly to take down the Lords Resistance Army for their heinous crimes, particularly the abduction of children for forced conscription into the LRA. Throw into the mix the continuing presence of Agent Howl, and a snooping journalist, and the layers of intrigue mount up on top of the visceral action. There are some horrific and heart-rending scenes as the LRA lay waste to a village. The art does not hold back from showing the horror of war but does not glorify it or in any way celebrate it (a refreshing change, and in this context entirely appropriate). By the end of the issue Moses is a man with the scent of blood in his nostrils and the single minded clarity of a man with a clear purpose. We shall how this develops over the next few issues. The ‘Unknown Soldier’ is truly a title to savour, and for the uninititated, one to watch out for.
Joshua Dysart’s ‘Unknown Soldier’ continues to provide an intelligent, insightful and thrilling antidote to the mainstream. This book deserves a wide audience. It is a thriller and a lesson in Western World / African politics and the dreadful wars fought within that continent. Dysart is adept at making this title a taut action thriller while delivering valuable information on what has been going on in Uganda and the DRC over the last 20 years. The fact that he devotes a page of written text at the back of the book to fill in the gaps and give a fuller perspective on what you are reading only underlines the commitment he gives to this endeavour.
I have praised this title before, and I shall continue to do so. This is an important comic book, but more than that, it is an entertaining and informative comic book. It makes you think, it makes you feel. There can surely be no further purpose for a comic book than to achieve those objectives?
Unknown Soldier #6 is out now from Vertigo Comics.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #48 MARVEL COMICS
DAREDEVIL #117 MARVEL COMICS
UNKNOWN SOLDIER #6 DC COMICS
Some goodies this week. It’s an Ed Brubaker double whammy, with his amazing run on Captain America continuing as the new Captain America (Bucky) faces up to his crimes as the Winter Soldier. This title is solid entertainment – great writing, amazing art – a real highlight of any week. Then, in Brubakers other title of the week, Daredevil, the Kingpin returns to Hells Kitchen and forges an alliance with Daredevil. This could prove to be a monumental clash as the team-up goes up against Lady Bullseye and the Hand. Could turn out to be a classic storyline for Daredevil……..
Finally, the brilliant Unknown Soldier returns with issue 6, as Moses confronts the Lords Resistance Army, the militia comprised of mainly child soldiers. Promises to be a tense and fraught encounter.
Captain America #48 details;
Captain America #48 preview (courtesy of IGN) here
Daredevil #117 details;
Daredevil #117 preview (again at IGN) here
Unknown Soldier #6 details;