Unknown Soldier
by Garth Ennis, Kilian Plunkett
(Vertigo, 1998)

Unknown Soldier is violent, disturbing, harsh -- and very provocative.

Anyone who has pondered (or obsessed over) the hidden facets of American military operations -- specifically, the black ops and rogue agents who don't get the front page or have yellow ribbons hanging for them at home -- will enjoy this book written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Kilian Plunkett. The Unknown Soldier was one of the heroes of World War II-era comics, a man whose face was wrapped in bandages, who avoided the limelight, who stood in the shadow of media-friendly heroes like Sgt. Rock. He was Batman to Rock's Superman.

What, Ennis ponders in this story, would happen to a man like that after the war? How would he react to the new style of warfare that swept the world in the latter half of the 20th century? Would he become disillusioned, or would he become even more righteous and resolute?

Find out in Unknown Soldier if you're able to look unflinchingly at a hidden side of military justice. This gripping tale follows the Soldier through subsequent wars and into the modern age. Read this one -- and then keep looking behind you.

- Rambles
written by Tom Knapp
published 6 April 2003

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