Assuming a wide variety of disguises to battle the Nazis, the Unknown Soldier plunges deep behind enemy lines in this 560-page black-and-white SHOWCASE trade, collecting stories from his first appearance in STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES #151 to issue #190....
|Title||:||Showcase Presents: The Unknown Soldier, Vol. 1|
|Number of Pages||:||576 Pages|
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Showcase Presents: The Unknown Soldier, Vol. 1 Reviews
Created by the legendary Joe Kubert, The Unknown Soldier follows a hideously scarred soldier who expertly assumes different identities through various World War II espionage missions in the European and Asian theatres. The never-named Unknown Soldier's earliest missions, while entertaining, are standard military-comics fare. The stories are littered with historical events – including a stint impersonating Adolf Hitler – so much so that you begin to wonder if the Unknown Soldier, like some comics version of Forrest Gump, was involved in every major happening of the war. However, the eighth story in the collection, "Totentanz" (Star Spangled War Stories No. 158, August-September 1971) elevated the series. With the aid of scripter Bob Haney, Kubert produced a powerful story that presaged his acclaimed 2003 graphic novel, Yossel: April 19, 1943. To rescue a woman who smuggled Jews out of Nazi-occupied territory, the Unknown Soldier, posing as a Jew, gets placed in a concentration camp. Ultimately, he completes his mission but not before suffering Nazi tortures. This and every story here reads like a mini-Mission Impossible episode and contains some of the best work of Kubert's career.(This review originally appeared in The Austin Chronicle, January 19, 2007.)Link: [http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyroba...]
Five-hundred plus pages of black-and-white stories about a deformed master of disguise kicking the hell out of the Nazis and their Axis allies, printed on appropriately cheap paper. It's trashy and formulaic, but pretty well made, particularly the early sections (drawn by Joe Kubert) and the last handful of stories, drawn by Gary Talaoc.
I am kind of obsessed with these Showcase Presents editions lately this is the third of about ten I have bought in the last month. This was another edition of DC war comics,something that I had not really read before. The adventures were pretty good but the art was best in the beginning of the book when Joe Kubert did it. While the stories stayed at the same quality, by the end of the book the art was pretty dreadful.
If I were only reviewing the Kubert illustrated stories from the beginning of this collection, I would give it 5 stars. His work is fresh, exciting, and shows a fascinating variety in ink line and brush. I was surprised how quickly I lost interest in these tales as soon as they switched artists -- I just didn't care anymore.
Rereading this and other old comics that I read as a kid is like visiting a childhood friend and discovering the relationship hasn't changed a bit.