Unknown Soldier #13, wrt. Dysart/ pencils. Masioni/ cover. Johnson
DC/Vertigo searched high and low to find an artist to take over the reins of Unknown Soldier (blogged -- here) when the time came to give series regular artist Alberto Ponticelli a break, and, lo and behold, they came up with the artist of the 2 part war in Rwanda comic book, 'Descente en enfer' and 'Le camp de la vie,' DRC-born artist Patrice Masioni Makamba.
Born in Mikusi, South Congo, and now based in France, Masioni's work on Unknown Soilder spans issues 13 and 14 of "The Way Home" story arc.
From his bio: Masioni studied painting at the academy of Kinshasa and in 1985 became the regular illustrator at the publishing company, St-Paul Afrique. He created fifteen albums for this publisher, which were distributed to all the Catholic parishes in the country.
Approximately 250,000 copies sold in the Congo. As co-founder of the atelier l'Association ACRIA, Masioni became the artistic director for three editions of the Kinshasa comics festival. He drew cartoons for the daily newspaper 'Le Palmarès' and for 'Le GRI-GRI international', and he made the 'Samba Diallo' series for 'Planète jeunes', a magazine for young Africans, read in 25 African countries. He drew the story of 'Niota' for collection album 'A l'ombre du Baobab', which was published by Equilibre et Populations in Paris in 2000.
Today, Pat Masioni lives in Paris. He was forced to flee his native country because of his fierce anti-government cartoons. In 2005, he won international fame with the publication of a comic book in two parts on the war between the Hutu's and the Tutsi's in Rwanda in 1994: 'Descente en enfer' and 'Le camp de la vie', written by Grenier and Ralph.
This explicit account of the war in Rwanda places Masioni among the masters of comics. One of the aspects he deals with is the role of the French, who did not try to stop mass murder and, according to some people, even encouraged it.