View Full Version : The Unknown Soldier
09-28-2006, 09:48 AM
For those who've read this mini, what did you think?
Have to admit that I found the first 3 issues slow going (unless the Soldier was present), but had the whole thing pay-off with the conclusion at Arlington.
Btw: Is this the same Soldier from the original DC series? I know he mentions having his brother blown up beside him, which is a link, but could never figure out if he was, or not. Him being 75, and fighting through the different conflicts, was pretty nifty, too.
09-28-2006, 10:01 AM
Fantastic mini. Probably my favourite Ennis outside of Preacher. And yeah, that ending was absolutely incredible. It's less over the top than his usual stuff and it's actually a good indicaton of what Ennis can do when he allows himself to be more subtle than he usually is.
09-28-2006, 10:18 AM
Not really adding anything to what Ilash wrote here, but yeah, this is Ennis' best writing to date. Really shows what he can do when he's not writing Looney Tunes with Guns. A great small story with big implications. Considering the amount of time City Lights is taking, I'd imagine that will be in a comparable style, without all the intrigue and violence. Here's hoping. And what has Killian Plunkett done since? It's the only thing I ever read with his art, but he was really great. Oh, and the Bradstreet covers, as always, awe inspiring.
Y'know, when I first saw a teaser image of Hush, I thought it was a new Soldier series. No such luck...
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09-28-2006, 04:46 PM
Just a question,
is this another WW2/Vietnam ish from Ennis? The cover looks wicked rad though.
09-28-2006, 06:46 PM
The mini, in fact, covers a variety of the major American foreign conflicts of the 20th century, including WW2 and Vietnam.
Last I saw Kilian Plunkett he was one of the artists on the Dark Horse mini The Hire from a couple of years ago.
09-28-2006, 06:52 PM
I remember liking this one, but it's been a long time since I read it. I still haven't forgot the end of it though. It just stuck with me. Let me know what you think of the end. I feel it’s even more poignant now with all the crap that's going on.
Plus we'll soon get a Showcase Presents that reprints his WWII stuff… Oh Yeah!
09-30-2006, 04:24 PM
decent read. at the time it came out it seemed like a dark riff on the Xfiles.
10-01-2006, 07:18 PM
Great mini. Ennis at the height of his powers.
SPOILER QUESTION BELOW
That is the Unknown Soldier at the end, right? And not the agent?
10-01-2006, 07:57 PM
That's the way I read it, yes.
10-01-2006, 08:01 PM
Thanks. Just wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything.
10-07-2006, 12:41 AM
Not really adding anything to what Ilash wrote here, but yeah, this is Ennis' best writing to date. Really shows what he can do when he's not writing Looney Tunes with Guns.
Yes. It's a shame that he doesn't write stories like these all too often.
10-07-2006, 09:33 AM
He writes them more often than you think. It's just that most fans think of him only as the potty-mouthed black humor writer because that's how he got his rep. That's like calling Martin Scorsese the gangster director. It's one thing he does, but it's not the only thing he does.
10-07-2006, 10:16 AM
True, but sometimes I think he doesn't particularly care to and just would rather pump out the "Looney Toons with Guns" stories, because they're alot easier and sell just as well if not better.
What other stuff has he done? Neglecting Preacher, Hitman, Hellblazer, and apparently the current version of his Punisher book, I'm familiar with those stories. Is Man named Kev any good? I know he loves WWII stuff so whenever he does those he tends to put more thought into it.
10-07-2006, 12:41 PM
I'm a big fan of the Man Named Kev mini. He's also hitting a major homerun with The Boys.
On the WWII front, I think he's missed the boat with Battler Britton.
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