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Review: Undiscovered Country #8

Undiscovered Country #8

A divided America full of chaos and unrest. A divided America whose ideals have been perverted and twisted. When Undiscovered Country began, the fantastical series felt much more… fantasy. As the series has progressed, each issue feels like it’s an exploration of the current American zeitgeist. Undiscovered Country #8 begins to explore the slip to technocratic solutions and the impact, both good and bad, of technology on our lives.

The group of explorers have moved on to the second of the thirteen territories and the new United States. The first was called Destiny, the second is Unity. Unity, located in the Pacific Northwest is a technocratic dreamcoat. It’s a society built on nano-technology where one has to only think to be rewarded. Buildings, plants, vehicles, everything has been consumed by an overarching, and most likely overreaching technology. It’s also a world of temptation and clear malevolence underneath.

Writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule delivers a Willy Wonka/Wizard of Oz/Alice in Wonderland journey into a debased America. Our real-world is twisted and explored in ways that feel all to close to home as our reality plays out. While protests flood our streets and the government slides into Fascism, the abuse of technology to manipulate the populace hangs in the background. This second territory feels like that abuse taken to extremes and once again is ahead of the curve as far as topics flooding newspapers.

Much like the debut story arc, Undiscovered Country #8 continues to introduce us to the world. The concepts, basis of reality shift with each keeping readers on their toes. Unlike the more barbaric Destiny, Unity is a world of the future and what ifs? There’s also a clear nightmare waiting underneath it all and it’s a question as to when, not if, that will be revealed. The issue is also a solid entry point. Though the new arc began with the previous issue, this one is fine for new readers to explore the world as they have avatars asking questions they’ll have in the main cast of characters.

The insanity and fantastical is delivered by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi. The art is full of so much detail that it begs the readers to spend time on each page and with each panel exploring the world. Much like our main cast of characters, the visuals are our true introduction to the mystery. We’re forced to piece together what’s going on as our guide, Uncle Sam, only gives cryptic clues.

Matt Wilson does a solid job as the visuals are generally lacking in much color beyond white. With a mostly mono-chromatic look, the colors still really work using some grays to really make the details pop. There’s also work between the trio to deliver something that’s slightly off. Buildings feel like they’re slightly crooked, whether that’s on purpose or not is unknown. But, it feels like it is and done so to show that the technology isn’t perfect and there’s more than meets the eye. Crank!‘s lettering too comes in to play. There is a lot of dialogue and it is laid out well but there’s also a serene aspect to the font choice that doesn’t become apparent until the very end.

Undiscovered Country #8 is another fantastic journey into the crazy world this creative team has created. There’s a horror story awaiting as we’re given the setup that we know is too good to be true. But, where it all goes is unknown. Undiscovered Country is a series where anything is possible and with that it has become a series where we’re forced to expect the unexpected and just enjoy the wild ride.

Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Color: Matt Wilson Lettering: Crank!
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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X of Swords: Creation #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

The Autumnal #1 (Vault Comics) – It already has sold out and there’s another printing coming. A horror comic that’s in demand and could be a good investment.

Brooklyn Gladiator #1 (Heavy Metal) – A futuristic series that’s classic Heavy Metal from Dan Fogler, Andrew Harrison, and Simon Bisley.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Speed Metal #1 (DC Comics) – Run, Flash, run! A tie-in to the “Death Metal” event, the issue is important as you see how the Flash crew are handling things and there are some key moments between Barry and Wally.

Doctor Doom #7 (Marvel) – The series has been fantastic so far and this is a more than welcome return. Just great writing and art and we’re expecting more of the same… in a good way.

Fishkill #1 (Heavy Metal) – A spin down a conspiracy from Dan Fogler, Laurence Blum, and Ben Templesmith. Yes, this does tie in a bit with Brooklyn Gladiator making up the Fogler-verse.

Immortal She-Hulk #1 (Marvel) – A fascinating first issue that explores death in superhero comics. This is much about philosophy and trauma as it is anything else and a very mature read.

Juggernaut #1 (Marvel) – A fantastic start. It’s a comic we didn’t know we need.

Maestro #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a solid one and began to explore how the Hulk turned into Maestro. It was an unexpected surprise in that it’s a story we didn’t think we wanted but now after reading the first issue, we’re on board. We’re down for the journey.

Mega Man: Fully Charged #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was amazing. We don’t know the cartoon but the comic blew us away with it’s more mature take on Mega Man, war, and diplomacy.

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #2 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re a Power Rangers fan, this seems to be a series where some big things are happening. Big things that’ll impact the line going forward.

RAI #7 (Valiant) – Every issue has rocked so far and we can’t get enough of this series. Absolutely go and get it, Valiant is where it’s at for action/superhero comics.

Undiscovered Country #8 (Image Comics) – This series has been a wild ride so far taking us to an America that has been cut off from the world. It’s a bit of a Willy Wonka ride as each “zone” has a different feel from the rest and in its first arc it has shown anything is possible. This is a series that surprises with every issue.

Unkindness of Ravens #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A magical witch series and we’re down for what looks like solid art and a nice mystery. We don’t know much else beyond the teaser text but that has us interested enough to check the series out.

X of Swords: Creation #1 (Marvel) – The next “X event” is here and we want to see how this new dawn of the X-Men handles crossover events. The bar has been set high… so we’re intrigued… but nervous.

Undiscovered Country #7 Sells Out and Gets a Second Printing with a New Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi

Image Comics is rushing the wildly popular Undiscovered Country #7 by New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming demand for the latest issue in one of the most talked about series on shelves. This new printing will feature a stunning wraparound cover by Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi.

Undiscovered Country #7 kicks off a new story arc for the series that made headlines for its flashy arrival in 2019 as one of the highest ordered launches in the nearly five years for Image Central and before gaining further momentum to top the charts for reorders throughout the first story arc.  

After barely escaping the deadly clutches of the Destiny Man, Undiscovered Country #7 follows the expedition team as they cross over into the strange new zone of “Unity”—a futuristic world of gleaming technology and artificial intelligence. But will it be a safe haven for our heroes, or are they destined to be absorbed into the hive mind?!

The series was acquired early on by New Republic Pictures after a competitive bidding war for potential franchise development with Snyder and Soule attached to adapt the screenplay and serve as executive producers alongside Camuncoli. John Hilary Shepherd will oversee development. 

Undiscovered Country #7, second printing (Diamond Code JUL208174) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 9.

Undiscovered Country #7, second printing

Review: Undiscovered Country #7

Undiscovered Country #7

Undiscovered Country has been a wild ride. The series focuses on an America that has been walled off to a world devastated by disease and what is found when an international team ventures across the American border. The first arc took us on a Mad Max-like adventure with giant fortress cities on wheels and roving bands riding mutant animals. It was everything, including the kitchen sink, of ideas and the second arc seems to focus on explaining some of the insanity. Undiscovered Country #7 kicks off that second arc as our team has made it into the next zone on a train. But, that’s not the big focus on the issue.

Writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule have begun to give us some answers to the madness in Undiscovered Country #7. Some of the story focuses on twenty years before the story as the United States begins its devolution into insanity. We get hints as to the science and the why things have gone bad as representatives from the various zones, the U.S. government, meet to discuss the state of the nation.

Through this simple scene, we learn so much more about why things have gone the way they have but also what is at the heart of this new America. What is up with the different zones and what lies ahead? We start really learning that here. We also get more of the philosophy of this nation in what feels like a critique of the current state of affairs.

And that’s where Undiscovered Country gets really interesting. A pandemic. A country walling itself off from the world. It all feels a bit too on the nose for today’s news. All we need us mutant animals but cannibal ants and murder hornets can fill that niche. How this series would be read would be very different if the current state of the world wasn’t what it is. As is, the comic series feels like an exaggeration of the spiral down the toilet we’re currently experiencing.

The art in Undiscovered Country #7 is a bit less insane compared to the previous arc. There aren’t mutants or crazy structures, yet, to have fun with. Instead, it’s mostly a train ride and a government meeting that has our focus. But, the art is still key. Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi handle that and the details in the government meeting tell as much a story as what is said. It’s a pivotal scene that will leave you lingering to get the details. Matt Wilson provides colors and Crank! the lettering and while the visuals aren’t as over the top, they may be more important. Where before they shocked us into reality, the art in this issue helps tell the story of a nation.

Undiscovered Country #7 is a new arc and a decent starting point for new readers. You should absolutely read the first arc but this issue is focused more on explaining the current state of the nation, both imaginary and in reality. It continues to build the world that Snyder and Soule have come up with much like the first arc. What’s impressive though is how they do it feels like it has shifted gears a bit. An impressive start to what is a beyond intriguing series.

Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Color: Matt Wilson Lettering: Crank!
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Vampire: The Masquerade #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Alien: Original Screenplay #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The original screenplay gets turned into a comic and we’re excited to see what the result is.

Bad Mother #1 (AWA Studios) – A suburban mom’s kid goes missing and she goes on a mission to get her back. There’s an 80s tinge to the concept we’re digging.

DCeased: Dead Planet #2 (DC Comics) – DC’s best line of comics they’ve got going right now.

Disaster, Inc. #2 (AfterShock) – The series about disaster tourism sounded interesting but the supernatural twist has us really intrigued.

Empyre #4 (Marvel) – The summer event has been getting better with each issue and with no preview, Marvel has something up their sleeve.

Far Sector #7 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The series has been amazing with a mix of socio-political/action/mystery/romance. This issue leans a little heavier into the action but it’s so good and visually amazing.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 (Titan Comics) – We haven’t played the video game but know the visuals and the world and we’re intrigued how it’s adapted into comics. Some massive potential here.

My Little Pony/Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s just so crazy, it might work.

Undiscovered Country #7 (Image Comics) – This series has been off the wall insane and we seriously have no idea of what’s next.

Vampire: The Masquerade #1 (Vault Comics) – Vault isn’t a publisher we think of when it comes to licensed comics but what they have put out matches perfectly for what we’d want in a comic based on the popular roleplaying game.

Review: Undiscovered Country #6

Undiscovered Country #6

I thought it might be weird to dive back in reading Undiscovered Country #6. After all, it’s series about a world ravaged about by a virus and a United States that has cut itself off from the rest of the world. It’s also a United States that has lots its ideals. Instead, I wasn’t weirded out or bothered but instead, a bit underwhelmed.

Written by Scott Snyder and Charles Soule, Undiscovered Country is a wild ride of a series. The first arc, which wraps up with Undiscovered Country #6, is a crazy adventure that’s a wild dystopian journey. Giant creatures, time displacement, hints at a mysterious journey, and a riff on Mad Max, the first arc feels like the first level of a video game. It introduces you to the insanity that lies ahead.

What’s interesting is this issue is all action. A race to the exit point and the ability to move on to the next level. As a film, it’d work fantastically as the motion and stunts would be the focus. But, with the printed page, dialogue becomes a factor and lets face it, it falls a bit flat. Spouting of jingoistic catch-phrases are thrown around like action film banter and it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in the context. It feels like a bad version of the Junkions in Transformers: The Movie. Tastes great! Less filling! It’s a bit distracting.

But the visuals continue to be amazing and so over the top. Hot air balloon made out of a space shuttle? Check. Starfish steeds? Got that too. Giant rolling fortress with rockets strapped on. It’s here. Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi take it all so over the top in the visuals, it’s what draws you in. Add Matt Wilson‘s eye popping colors and Crank!‘s lettering and you’ve got an issue driven by the visual insanity. There’s clear homages to film through the comic and moments that will play out so well when the eventual film adaptation is released. This is a first arc that was made for the screen.

Undiscovered Country #6 is driven by its visuals. The story is straightforward. It’s a race to an exit while being pursued. The comic is not much more complicated than that. It’s the crazy random thrown in there that is the draw. The first arc of this series is fun in a video game get to the next level sort of way and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes. So far, that can be anything based on what we’ve already seen. While the issue isn’t a spot to start, it does make things exciting to see where the series goes as it wraps up the first arc.

Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Color: Matt Wilson Letterer: Crank!
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Adventureman #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week. It’s the third week of new comics after the shutdown and that also means the return of Marvel!

Adventureman #1 (Image Comics) – Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson come together for this pulp adventure about a hero who was forgotten and an imagination that spans decades. Read our review.

Archangel 8 #2 (AWA Studios) – Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind.

Artemis and the Assassin #2 (Aftershock) – A time traveling adventure that’s over the top exciting.

Decorum #2 (Image Comics) – The debut of this series was impressive as far as Jonathan Hickman’s writing, but it’s Mike Huddleston’s art that blew us away. This is the story of the most well-mannered assassin in the known universe.

Excellence #7 (Image Comics) – Spencer Dales has one purpose: tear down the Aegis and free everyone under their “protection.” The series has been solid and feels even more relevant today.

Ginesng Roots #4 (Uncivilized Comics) – Craig Thompson’s autobiographical comic about growing up around ginseng in Wisconsin. One of the best comics of the year.

Old Haunts #1 (AWA Studios) – Three made men are assaults byt the ghosts of their past.

Snowpiercer: Escape (Titan Comics) – If you haven’t ever read this amazing series, now’s your chance with a new softcover edition.

Undiscovered Country #6 (Image Comics) – America is walled off and while the story is fantastical, it’s getting all too real.

Zero Day Threat #1 (Red 5 Comics) – The 21st century arms race is a digital one. Neumann is a secret agency that protects the US from these threats but a mysterious woman holds secrets that could bring down the agency.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Alienated #2

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alienated #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Three kids discover an alien and there’s no way this goes well. An amazing first issue and we’re expecting the same from the second.

Archangel 8 #1/Hotell #1/Red Border #1/Resistance #1 (AWA Studios) – AWA Studios launches with four series all being released this week. We’ve read the teaser magazine and these all look great. A new publisher? We’re in!

Artemis & the Assassin #1 (AfterShock) – A time traveling assassin and a spy from 1944 try to kill each other. Yeah, this sounds awesome.

Bad Reception #4 (AfterShock) – Each issue is like an Agatha Christie novel and it’s been so good.

Bang! #2 (Dark Horse) – The debut was a crazy riff on the James Bond genre. There were enough twists to make it stand out and we want to see where it goes.

Canopus #2 (Scout Comics) – Fantastic sci-fi and a must get. The debut issue was one of the best of the year so far. Helen’s stuck on a mysterious planet and doesn’t know why.

Outlawed #1 (Marvel) – There are absolutely echoes of Civil War but the first issue is a solid start to what’s coming.

Plunge #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label/Hill House Comics) – The first issue was fantastic horror and we’ve been awaiting the second.

Starship Down #1 (Dark Horse) – An extraterrestrial ship is discovered buried under the ice for thousands of years.

Undiscovered Country #5 (Image Comics) – This comic has been crazy with everything it’s throwing out there and mixing together. Mad Max and apocalypse story with possible time travel-ish elements. It’s all over and just crazy fun.

Wicked Things #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A spin-off from Giant Days about everyone’s favorite child detective: Charlotte Grote!

X-Ray Robot #1 (Dark Horse) – Mike Allred’s latest and Allred’s name alone has us excited for the first issue.

Undiscovered Country #3 Heads Back for a 2nd Printing

New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli’Undiscovered Country is turning heads with multiple sell-outs at the distributor level and issue #3 is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with skyrocketing demand for the hot series.

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.

For issue #3, the expedition undertakes a desperate attempt to rescue a member of the team from the Destiny Man’s strange caravan city. Success or certain doom hinges on Americana expert Ace Kenyatta, PhD—what he knows about the new lands…and what he doesn’t.

The series was acquired early on by New Republic Pictures after a competitive bidding war for potential franchise development with Snyder and Soule attached to adapt the screenplay and serve as executive producers alongside Camuncoli. John Hilary Shepherd will oversee development.

Undiscovered Country #3, second printing (Diamond Code DEC198444) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 19.

Undiscovered Country #3, second printing

Undiscovered Country #2, second printing (Diamond Code OCT199140) is available at comic book shops now.

Undiscovered Country #2, second printing

Undiscovered Country #1 fourth printing (Diamond Code DEC198445) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 19.

Undiscovered Country #1 fourth printing

Undiscovered Country #1 Goes Back for a New Printing

Image Comics has fast-tracked a fourth printing of Undiscovered Country #1 in order to keep up with the mounting pressure from fans looking to jump on board for the new series by New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.

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.

The series was acquired early on by New Republic Pictures after a competitive bidding war for potential franchise development with Snyder and Soule attached to adapt the screenplay and serve as executive producers alongside Camuncoli. John Hilary Shepherd will oversee development. 

Undiscovered Country #1, fourth printing (Diamond Code DEC198445) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 19. 

Undiscovered Country #2, second printing (Diamond Code OCT199140) is available at comic book shops now.

Undiscovered Country #1, fourth printing
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