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August 22, 2009

Parts Unknown

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I haven't had a chance to pick up the new Unknown Soldier series by Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli, but I'm eager to pick up the just-released collection, Unknown Soldier: Haunted House.  I came across this nice piece about it in The New York Times and immediately fell in love with the book, sight unseen. A comic series that takes on the entire scope of the political situation in Uganda is not only fascinating; when it's done right, as it sounds like it is, it deserves full support. Tucked away in the article is an interesting sales figure for the monthly book (about 7,500 copies of the latest monthly issue). Dysart is quoted as saying, "Whether we can fully compete in a world of superheroes, I don't know. The medium, sadly, has a limited readership. We'll see."

For me, stories such as this are much better served by the trade collections, where I can read them in large chunks rather than over a period of a month at a time. But I'm eager to learn from this series, and hopeful that Dysart and Ponticelli's work will shed light on something we all should be reading much more about. I look forward to checking it out.