Friday, May 01, 2009

Review - Unknown Soldier #7 (Vertigo, 2009)

A 'jumping on' issue, with a new arc beginning next month. New situations, new characters but the quality, as ever, is very high indeed

After the glorious 6 issue initial arc of 'Unknown Soldier', it is with great pleasure that I read issue 7 and really felt the storyline opening up. I didn't think that was possible, as the title already encompasses issues of War, Religion, Africa, the exploitation of children, Morality and the Western Worlds role in the third world.

With the introduction of new characters, a look at the north-south divide in Uganda (it exists)and touching on the importance of the spirit world, there is enough to be happy about. All that, and there is also time to look back at Moses troubled past and his vengeful, fearsome present. These sections allow us to look deeper at the character, understand his motivations. The art alludes to his almost supernatural power, the writing makes similar connections. This book has the quality, style and depth to be a classic - I have said it before, I say it again. Do not deny yourself the chance to experience a comic book that will educate and entertain, appall and horrify, enlighten and uplift. Vital stuff, this.

As important and brilliant a comic book as you will get this year. It demands your attention. 9.25 out of 10.