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Palmiotti & Gray Re-Enlist DC's "Unknown Soldier"

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Comic book writing duo Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray spoke with CBR about theirs and artist Dan Panosian's version of the "Unknown Soldier," part of DC Comics' new war anthology "G.I. Combat."

In May, DC Comics is giving new life to their classic war comic book series "G.I. Combat," bringing in artist Dan Panosian and writing duo Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray to tackle the tale of the Unknown Soldier for the new anthology.

"G.I. Combat" was first published by Quality Comics in 1952, National Periodical Publications (the company that would transform into DC Comics) acquiring it a few years later. An anthology of war stories, "G.I. Combat" included the Haunted Tank, the Bravoes of Vietnam and The Losers, running for decades before finally being cancelled in 1987.

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The "Unknown Soldier" has a history nearly as long, first appearing in 1966 in "Our Army At War" in a story written by Robert Kanigher and drawn by Joe Kubert. The Soldier went on to appear in various comics throughout the years, including a titular DC series that ran from 1977 through 1982 and two Vertigo series, one written by writer Garth Ennis in 1997 and another from writer Joshua Dysart in the late 2000s.

One of DC's Second Wave of New 52 titles, the new "G.I. Combat" also features a "War That Time Forgot" story by writer J.T. Krul and artist Ariel Olivetti. "Unknown Soldier" writers Gray and Palmiotti spoke with CBR about their half of the new anthology, working with artist Panosian and the challenge of writing a war story based in Afghanistan while a real war wages in the Middle East.

Palmiotti: It works because Dan and [colorist] Rob [Schwager]know and understand storytelling. Knowing for whom you will be writing makes all the difference in the world when creating comics. Both of these guys are killing it on every page and we are really proud to have them on board. What you see on the page is a real labor of love and a passion for storytelling that we wish we could have for every project we do.

"G.I. Combat" and the first chapter of "Unknown Soldier" hit stores May 2.

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