Friday, February 27, 2009

Review - The Unknown Soldier #5 (Vertigo -2009)

Warning - Spoilers!

The back story of 'the unknown soldier' is explored

The balance of intrique and action is well maintained in another absorbing installment of Johsua Dyart's African based adventure. We learn more about Moses' past, some of which we only glimpse at, but what we see gives clues as to his mindset, and his ability to unleash ferocious but calculated violence and killing. He also encounters Agent Howl, and we go back to the early 1960s and see Howl as a young CIA operative in the thick of Western machinations in African politics.

There is a broad scope but Dysart stages all these elements in such a way that he manages to maintain an exciting and thoroughly readable issue, with a thrilling final few pages as the forces of the LRA close in on their target. Their target, however, is aware of their presence and is already fighting back....

If you have not read this title yet, I am sure that back issues can be found on ebay etc. Either that or wait for the trade paperback, but I urge you to invest some time in this fascinating and exciting title.

Verdict - One of the top 5 titles of the year so far, and this issue combines the political with the personal and plenty of action and adventure. Highly recommended. 8 out of 10.