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Unknown Soldier, Vol. 4: Beautiful World (Unknown Soldier #4)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
The final volume of the critically acclaimed series written by Joshua Dysart that reinvented the classic DC war hero. In the hands of the men who created his fractured psyche, the Unknown Soldier is ready to assume his role as a super soldier in service of a shadowy government agency. There’s just one condition: He must bring back CIA agent in exile Jack Lee Howl. This ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Vertigo
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Jeff Lanter
Dec 08, 2012 Jeff Lanter rated it it was amazing
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This is easily one of the best graphic novels I've read. Granted, a gritty, realistic series that tackles serious political/social issues is definitely something that was always going to appeal to me, but Beautiful World ends this series in a way that few comics can match. It was great to finally get the background on who Moses Lwanga was and how he became The Unknown Soldier. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it is the perfect tone for this book and for real life. Completely satisfying and ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Zedsdead rated it it was amazing
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Warning: unabashed gushing ahead.

A terrific conclusion to the Unknown Soldier series. Volume 4 covers a lot of ground, beginning with a thoughtful history about the proliferation of AK assault rifles in Africa. Then, at long last, we get to the origin story of Dr. Moses Lwanga, the Unknown Soldier--and it works. Finally, Lwanga tracks down the monstrous Joseph Kony, the head of the Lord's Resistance Army. It's a beautiful ending, the right ending, to an excellent series. So many great series are
Apr 28, 2012 David rated it really liked it
I was particularly pleased with this series, especially because it focuses on a delicate political and cultural situation- the war in Uganda, which has migrated now to the Congo and the Sudan. Where children are forced to be soldiers as a matter of daily fact, and whole peoples are marched about from camp to camp to seek refuge from the attacks from any and all sides, with little help from any government. All in the name of various religous groups (christianity in the case of Uganda and the ...more
Joey Heflich
Jul 30, 2014 Joey Heflich rated it really liked it
Stuck the landing, despite coming down early. If that AK-47 story was what we might have seen more of if this series went for 60 issues, damn. Joseph Kony should not have outlived this book.
Jul 18, 2011 Sonic rated it it was amazing
An amazing "ending" to one of the absolute very best recent series.
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: 4-and-a-half-stars, badass-to-the-extreme, bold-or-unapologetic, grim, likable-or-deep-characters, mature, top-notch-artwork, violent

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Sarah Hogman
Sep 27, 2016 Sarah Hogman rated it it was amazing
Brilliant ending!
Jun 19, 2011 Nnedi rated it it was amazing
i loooooove this series. i loved the ending. it looked things in the eye. it was real and unflinching. it showed the light, the dark, the dark within the light and the light within the dark and the grey. and it hurt. it was memorable. good good good writing. my only quibble is with a certain turn the plot took. i don't really want to get into it here. the plot probably HAD to take this certain turn, i guess, but it bugged me. i'm purposely being vague because there are certain discussions that ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Daryl rated it it was amazing
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After a slight drop in quality in volumes 2 & 3, the final volume of Vertigo's Unknown Soldier rebounds and closes out with a bang (yeah, literally). Alberto Ponticelli's art is beautiful & stunning throughout (even the fill-in by Rick Veitch, who I can take or leave, is good). And the story - wow. We get a connection to DC's original Unknown Soldier (from WWII), and a complete re-imagining of Moses Lwanga and what he's been doing since this series started -- and it all makes sense. The ...more
Alex Sarll
Another Vertigo series reaches its premature end; ones I borrow often seem to make four volumes (iZombie and American Virgin being two more examples), where those I buy are lucky to manage three (Greek Street, Crossing Midnight - poor Saucer Country only managed two). But what other Western medium would devote this much time to something where all the lead characters are African? We talk about the golden age of TV, but I can't see even HBO going two seasons with something quite this dark and ali ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful Vertigo series ended way too soon. I don't really remember what happened in the first couple of books, although I do remember being a bit uncomfortable reading a war book set in Uganda written by a white American that covered child soldiers, savage warlords and lots of other things about Africa that I really don't know much about.

The first chapter starts with a history of the AK-47 and then it goes on to tell the final story of Moses Lwanga. I was sad to him go so soon.
Aug 07, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
It's unfortunate that such a brutal, honest, and moving series had to end so abruptly. This final volume carries the weight of the previous three, but has to put it down for a few chapters to devote time to exposition and backstory explanation. While I wish that hadn't happened, I understand the need to wrap the story up with cancellation looming, and can forgive a little hiccup in a story as important as this.
Hakan Jackson
Apr 23, 2013 Hakan Jackson rated it it was amazing
Amazing how they were able to put together this sensitive story. I put off reading this last volume because the picture on the cover made me afraid of how it would all end. After finishing it it just feels like the best ending the could of had made. It's always great to come away from a piece of fiction with a more broad view of the world.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Mar 09, 2014 Gonzalo Oyanedel rated it really liked it
Tanda final del personaje reinventado por Dysart, quien baja el telón a la serie con gran coherencia y un mirada hacia el conflicto africano que - honestidad mediante - no alecciona ni moraliza. Gran acierto al establecer conexiones con la encarnación clásica, echándose en falta una resolución algo menos apurada en una de las mejores series bélicas que he leído.
Dec 12, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
A fantastic conclusion to a great series. You find out the truth behind Dr. Moses Lwanga and his fight in Uganda and there's a nice callback to the original Unknown Soldier character. The writing and art in this series were both top notch and it really shouldn't be missed.
Matthew Hundley
Jul 10, 2016 Matthew Hundley rated it really liked it
Truth is revealed about the Unknown Soldier. Wars past are connected with wars present. The hopes of the past are entwined with the pains of the present. The hopes of the present with the pains of the past. Suitable closures round out this final edition of Joshua Dysart's collection.
May 25, 2012 Sean rated it it was amazing
Suitably soul-crushing ending to a very interesting comic book "experiment" (ie. providing such a horrifically stark story on how war is conducted in places like Uganda and the surrounding lands, using an almost pulpy, bandaged, badass action hero as a lens).
Shane Prendiville
Sep 13, 2012 Shane Prendiville rated it it was ok
This series must have been cancelled because the ending terribly rushed in number 4. Really disappointing.
Calvin Daniels
May 21, 2015 Calvin Daniels rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The ending was about what was expected. The storyline left few options.

A nice job of tying to the original 'Unknown Soldier' story.

Overall, fitting conclusion to a great 4 book series.
Saul Olivas
Sep 28, 2011 Saul Olivas rated it liked it
This book was cool but kinda messed up because something happends that disapointed me in the book wich make me give it three stars i would like if it was longer then it actually is it was too short.
Jan 14, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it
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Some of the individual chapters don't quite work, but overall a fittingly beautiful end to the story of the new Unknown Soldier.
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Joshua Dysart co-created and wrote the cult hit comic book series Violent Messiahs in 1997. The first eight issues were originally collected in the graphic novel, Violent Messiahs Vol. I: Book of Job in 2002.

Since then he has done work for virtually every major comic book publisher, including DC, Vertigo, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Random House Books and Penny Farthing Press.

He did a two year stint a
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