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Review: Undiscovered Country #1

Undiscovered Country #1

Undiscovered Country #1 is a hell of a start. The United States has walled itself off from the world and has been isolated for three decades. The rest of the world has fallen into two alliances. One alliance represents Europe and Africa while the other is the Asian region. Both alliances are ravaged by disease and illness that threatens to collapse civilization within six months. A message promising a cure from within the United States sends an alliance across the border to explore what remains of the United States and get the cure.

Written by Scott Snyder and Charles Soule, Undiscovered Country #1 is an amazing beginning. The story has aspects of a story of exploration and discovery with all of the thrills and threats we can expect from that. There’s aspects of Indiana Jones and Escape from New York mixed with Mad Max and Marvel’s “Old Man” line of comics.

Snyder and Soule know the build-up to the discovery of what exists beyond the US’ wall is key. And once contact has been made, it has to shock. And the two deliver nailing every beat along the way. The world feels both strange and familiar and in some ways all too real. There’s an aspect of the surreal and fantastical mixed with grounded reality.

Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini‘s art is amazing. Along with colors by Matt Wilson and lettering with Crank! the characters and design are fantastic. As much as Snyder and Soule’s dialogue tells the story, the art fills in the details and expands upon what is set up. This is a comic whose art provides so much as far as what’s going on in the world and the state of it.

Undiscovered Country #1 is one of the strongest debuts of the year. It delivers an adventure and mystery all mixed into one. It introduces us to a fleshed-out possible future that as a reader, I want to explore. Add in lots of extras in backmatter material and you have a first issue that’s a must get.

Story: Scott Snyder and Charles Soule
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini
Color: Matt Wilson Letterer: Crank!
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review