Undiscovered Country is becoming an everything and the kitchen sink of a wild ride. That becomes even more apparent as a new wrinkle is added in Undiscovered Country #3.
Like the previous two issues, this third one gives us more info on one of the characters, Ace Kenyatta. The “expert” on the United States is an interesting one taking his “origin” and what he brings to the series as a whole in an unexpected direction.
Written by Scott Snyder and Charles Soule, Undiscovered Country #3 can only be described as a wild ride of a story continuing a wild ride of a series. Without spoiling the issue, there’s a new concept that’s added to a series that already has taken inspiration from so many thinks like Mad Max, American folklore, and Jurassic Park.
The team is after the key the Destiny Man holds and while the story could easily be entertaining just focused on that, it’s the layers that make the issue interesting. Each character has their moments that add to the mystery of it all. An exchange of dialogue delivers hints as to motives. Or, we learn about the history of the United States. It all creates a story you can enjoy in numerous ways. There’s the action and tension but there’s amazing worldbuilding going on as well.
The details go beyond the dialogue and plot but the art too. Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini handle those duties superbly. Along with Matt Wilson on color and Crank! on lettering, each panel delivers so much detail. And, all of that detail helps tell a story and add to the worldbuilding. You’re challenged to see it all and put the pieces of the puzzle of what happened in history together.
Each issue of Undiscovered Country has been a surprise. It’s difficult to guess what to expect and what’s in store for readers. It’s rare to find an experience where you really have no idea what’s coming. “Wild ride” is a too simplistic way to describe a series that seems to have taken inspiration from so many things. The series is one of the comics that keep you truly excited for the next issue to see what’s next.
Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini Color: Matt Wilson Letterer: Crank! Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Charles Soule (A) Jesus Saiz (CA) R. B. Silva Rated T In Shops: Jan 01, 2020 SRP: $4.99
“No…I am your father.”
In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance-for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!
Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesus Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away next year! With covers by RB Silva (POWERS OF X)!
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME BEGINS THIS JANUARY!
Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1, written by Charles Soule and drawn by Will Sliney, hit stores today, allowing fans to finally witness Ben Solo’s tragic turn to the dark side, meet the mysterious Knights of Ren, and see a fascinating new side of the enigmatic Supreme Leader Snoke. Both critics and fans have highly anticipated this epic story, and with Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 already sold out, Marvel has announced that the first issue will be returning to comic shops for a second printing!
Don’t miss this key chapter in the Star Wars saga that will shed light on some of the franchise’s most outstanding mysteries!
(W) Charles Soule (A) Will Sliney (CA) Clayton Crain Rated T In Shops: Dec 18, 2019 SRP: $4.99
WITH BEN SOLO’S FALL… COMES KYLO REN’S RISE!
Young Ben Solo is legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker’s most promising pupil. As the son of Rebel Alliance heroes Leia Organa and Han Solo, as well as Luke’s own nephew, Ben has the potential to be a great force for light in the galaxy. But the Skywalker legacy casts a long shadow, the currents of the dark side run deep, and Darth Vader’s blood runs in Ben’s veins. Voices call from both his past and his future, telling him who he must be. He will shatter, he will be reforged, his destiny will be revealed. Snoke awaits. The Knights of Ren await. Ben Solo’s path to his true self begins here.
Undiscovered Country #2 continues the wild ride writer Scott Snyder and Charles Soule set up in the first issue. It’s a hard issue to describe as our group of explorers mainly try to figure out what to do next as we the reader get a better idea about everything.
Snyder and Soule use the issue to focus on worldbuilding delivering wild ideas and concepts that are unexpected. And that’s part of the enjoyment of the series, it truly is undiscovered with wild ideas.
The comic has a Mad Max feel to it all, except if a group from our world stumbled upon it. Mashed together vehicles are mixed with mutant animal steeds for a world that’s a little bit of everything. That’s part of the fun of it all. You don’t know what to expect and what wild idea is next to show up on the page. Add in the fact that the “mission” might all be a lie to start and you have a blank page in so many ways.
That craziness is brought to life by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini. Matt Wilson provides color and Crank! the lettering. The designs are as crazy as the concepts with a look that feels part Burning Man, part Mad Max, and part junkyard find. There’s a mish-mash of designs and concepts that at times feels familiar and that plays off a bit that this is America, the land of consumer consumption. That’s emphasized a little in backmatter material adding more color to the world.
Undiscovered Country #2 is insane in a positive way with a look that’s just so over the top. Add in a story where everything is open at this point and we have a series where anything and everything feels possible, like a vivid fever dream.
Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini Color: Matt Wilson Letterer: Crank! Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation:Buy
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New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli’s new ongoing seriesUndiscovered Countrycontinues to grow audience and impress comic shop retailers with customer buzz. It has been greenlit for a third printing in order to keep up with customer demand.
In Undiscovered Country, readers journey into an unknown region that was once the United States of America—a land that’s become shrouded in mystery and literally walled-off from the rest of the world for decades. A small expedition enters the former US in search of a cure to a humanity-ending pandemic. They travel inward and learn the secrets of what America has become, each member seeking their own form of truth in the undiscovered country.
Undiscovered Country #1 is available at comic book shops now.
Undiscovered Country #1, third printing (Diamond Code OCT198168) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 11.
Undiscovered Country #2 Cover A by Camuncoli (Diamond Code OCT190250) and Cover B by Francis Manapul (Diamond Code SEP198645) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 11. Undiscovered Country #3 (Diamond Code NOV190175) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 15.
New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli’s new ongoing series Undiscovered Country has launched as the highest ordered Image Comics debut in nearly five years with orders at over 85K and growing reorder demand driving the issue immediately back to print upon today’s release.
In Undiscovered Country, readers journey into an unknown region that was once the United States of America—a land that’s become shrouded in mystery and literally walled-off from the rest of the world for decades. A small expedition enters the former US in search of a cure to a humanity-ending pandemic. They travel inward and learn the secrets of what America has become; each member seeking their own form of truth in the undiscovered country.
Undiscovered Country #1, second printing (Diamond Code SEP198299) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 4.
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
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Marvel has released its special edition of The Pull List, unveiling exclusive information for titles coming to comic shops this January! The episode recapped all the exciting news from New York Comic Con 2019 like Iron Man 2020 and Ravencroft as well as the new launches of Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars! In addition, The Pull List revealed never-before-seen titles: Hawkeye: Freefall, a brand new solo series by Matthew Rosenberg, and Tarot #1, an all-new adventure featuring the Avengers and Defenders by comic legends Alan Davis and Paul Renaud.
HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #1
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG Art by OTTO SCHMIDT Cover by KIM JACINTO
HAWKEYE RETURNS IN A BRAND NEW SERIES!
When a mysterious and ruthless new Ronin starts tearing a destructive path through the city, suspicion immediately falls on Hawkeye, but Clint has more to worry about than who’s wearing his old costume. After a clash with the Hood ends badly, Hawkeye gives himself a new mission that will place him in the crosshairs of one of New York’s most dangerous villains.
Hawkeye’s mission and Ronin’s secret plans will set them on a collision course that only one of them will walk away from.
Written by ALAN DAVIS Art and Cover by PAUL RENAUD
An all-new epic adventure teaming the classic Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with Marvel’s premiere Non-Team by Alan Davis and Paul Renaud!
A strange and impossible lost memory from his days in World War II draws Namor the Sub-Mariner to his one-time compatriot Captain America—but the two heroes and their respective allies find themselves pulled into a labyrinth of pain, destruction and madness courtesy of the Infernal Ichor of Ish’lzog!
IRON MAN 2020 #1
Written by DAN SLOTT & CHRISTOS GAGE Art and Cover by PETE WOODS
In IRON MAN 2020, the future has arrived, and Artificial Intelligences present a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel! As the Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights, someone new will don the Iron Man suit: Arno Stark, the long-lost brother of Tony Stark.
But Arno Stark won’t be alone: War Machine, Rescue, Ironheart will all have roles to play in the new series. The Robot Rebellion will also feature some familiar robots from the Marvel Universe including Machine Man AKA Aaron Stack, Jocasta, the Vision, Albert (the robotic Wolverine character), Elsie-Dee, Machinesmith, Nick Fury LMDs, Death’s Head, the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android, Quasimodo, H.E.R.B.I.E., the Dreadnaughts, Brynocki, Alkhema, and M-11.
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by ANGEL UNZUETA Cover by KYLE HOTZ
After the hellish horrors of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Ravencroft Institute has received a much-needed facelift and is open for business with a new staff, including JOHN JAMESON, looking to atone for the part he played in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE. But will Ravencroft return the mentally unstable villains of the Marvel Universe to upstanding citizens and give John the redemption he’s looking for, or will they fall prey to the hospital’s seemingly sinister nature?
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: CARNAGE #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by GUIU VILLANOVA Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
In the aftermath of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Marvel Universe still needs a place to treat and rehabilitate the criminally insane, and efforts to reconstruct RAVENCROFT are well underway. But Ravencroft is no ordinary facility, and untold secrets may yet be waiting to be unearthed in the destruction Carnage left after his attack on the facility.
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: SABRETOOTH #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by GUILLERMO SANNA Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
The history of the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane has been shrouded in mystery for years. NO LONGER! In the wake of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the facility’s past has started to unravel, and in doing so has revealed hidden chapters in the lives of some of the Marvel Universe’s most recognizable heroes and villains!
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: DRACULA #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by STEFANO LANDINI Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
To the men and women of the Marvel Universe, Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane appeared to be a hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of society’s most violent offenders. But appearances can be deceptive, and—as Captain America learned the hard way—some secrets have teeth.
Written by DONNY CATES Art by NIC KLEIN Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long… The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
Written by AL EWING Art and Cover by JUANN CABAL
Once, the Guardians of the Galaxy were a team of misfits. Now they’re a family, and they’ve earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place — and it’s only getting worse. The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead. And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned — harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars themselves. Someone has to guard the galaxy — but who will accept the mission? And will they survive it?
STAR WARS #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE Art by JESÚS SAIZ Cover by R.B. SILVA
In the wake of The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his noble Jedi lineage.
Now, after narrowly escaping the Dark Lord’s clutches, wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke joins Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance. But what Leia, Luke, and their ragtag band of freedom fighters don’t realize…is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!
The greatest space adventure of all time continues this January!