It’s the end of the first arc of the stellar new series from creators Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, and Giuseppe Camuncoli, Undiscovered Country. With the group splintered and under pursuit from the deranged Destiny Man, Charlotte, Daniel, and Uncle Sam have found their way towards the exit of Destiny Man’s zone, looking to walk deeper through the Spiral and find out the secrets of this new America. Since they closed their borders, the United States has been an enigma, with new territories emerging led like small fiefdoms controlled by some rather unsavory characters. Despite this, the team has soldiered on, attempting to uncover the cure for a devastating virus inside the sealed walls of America.
I want to start with why this series is special. While I usually save this for the end, the backmatter of this issue tackles something that is very important and prescient in the times we currently live in. There are so many eerie similarities between the United States we live in today and the one portrayed by this team, and it’s important to explore this topic. Both worlds are plagued by a mysterious and deadly virus, with the world itself divided by many lines. With so much going on, this series can be a bit hard to read, as it hits so close to home. But with that difficulty comes appreciation, as there is no way anything going on inside the real world could have been predicted when this series was conceived, but it allows us a tether to both the escapism that comics bring and the ability to connect our entertainment with our own lives. I love this series because it’s so out there and because it’s so close to reality, all at once. That connection is one I find very important.
It doesn’t hurt that quality is also at the forefront of this series, as the creators are all-star level artists in this industry. Soule and Snyder are at the top of their game, and exploring a concept they both love as partners and friends has elevated the way they’re able to tell a story. Combining that with artist Camuncoli and colorist Matt Wilson makes this one of the most star-studded titles in the Image Comics catalog. Everything looks gorgeous, with some incredible creative might coming from Camuncoli with some of the more out-there character designs. Making this a near double issue doesn’t hurt either, as we really get to take a ride through the Destiny Man’s zone at the end of this arc, prepared to move on to the next part of this crazy adventure.
Both helpful and a bit challenging to read, thanks to its similarities to the struggles of the current world, Undiscovered Country makes its mark as both an excellent telling of revisionist fiction and also an oddly timed look into some of the difficulties of our lives. Coupled with an excellent creative team, it’s easy to see why this series is so popular and so well regarded.
Creative Team: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule (writers), Giuseppe Camuncoli (artist), Matt Wilson (colors), Crank! (letters)
Publisher: Image Comics
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