By Andy Frisk
July 15, 2009 - 03:00
In chapter two of the current story arc, “Easy Kill,” CIA agent Jack Howl, who is stationed in central
Hard questions, and even harder possible answers, are raised again in this issue. Lwanga visualizes what he would have to do to kill Wells, and Ponticelli creates Lwanga’s vision in a striking scene. The overriding question of this arc is: Is one life worth hundreds or even thousands? Perhaps, more importantly though: Will the ends actually justify the means? Ponticelli creates the scene of the possible killing of Wells with a full page split down the middle. One side shows the horrific image of 28 dead child soldiers, and the other side shows Wells being shot in the head at point blank range. Without ever raising the question directly, the scene dramatically and powerfully communicates Lwanga’s thoughts on the matter. While he tells the voice in his head, the voice that is of The Soldier, or his training, or his psychotic reaction to his training (of which he has no full memory of, by design) that he has “made no choice” on the matter, the voice responds with “of course you have.” He is obviously tormented over the choice, and course of action presented before him. His final decision remains to be seen.
The storytelling and art of Unknown Soldier cannot be praised anymore than it already has. It, quite simply, is one of the best of the many comic books being produced right now, and one of the revitalized DC Vertigo line’s best as well. What sets this book above the others in Vertigo’s line, and above many books outside of Vertigo, is that it is harshly realistic, moving, and honest. It takes a hard look at the current state of affairs in
Rating: 10 /10