With DC Comics' "Second Wave" of the New 52 on the horizon, the publisher has begun parsing out tidbits of the incoming #1 issues, including the war comic "G.I. Combat." Containing three classic DC war properties re-imagined by today's creative talent, "G.I. Combat" #1 includes "The War That Time Forgot" written by J.T. Krul with art by Ariel Olivetti and "Unknown Soldier" written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Dan Panosian. Today, via its blog The Source, DC has revealed Panosian's new design for the Unknown Soldier.
"For me, the most significant aspect of The Unknown Soldier's new incarnation, was I wanted him to look like a cross between what you would see on today's battlefields and what we enjoy most from video games," Panosian told The Source. "I also wanted to give him a constant reminder of his family for his own inspiration. The three marks on his outfit represent the family he's lost. It's almost like a tattoo he's wearing. That's who he's fighting for."
Palmiotti, Gray and Panosian's interpretation of "Unknown Soldier" follows the 25 issue run of Joshua Dysart's interpretation of the character under DC's Vertigo imprint. The original Unknown Soldier was created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert, who portrayed him as a short-tempered, disfigured master of disguise.
Check out Panosian's redesigned Unknown Soldier below and stay tuned to CBR News for more on "G.I. Combat."