Undiscovered Country #1: A Surreal and Haunting Debut

Series: Undiscovered Country
Issue: 1
Publisher: Image
Published: November 6, 2019

Written by: Scott Snyder & Charles Soule
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli & Daniele Orlandini
Coloring by: Matt Wilson
Lettering: CRANK!

Publisher’s Summary: This November, New York Times bestselling writers SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, A.D.: AFTER DEATH) and CHARLES SOULE (CURSE WORDS, the forthcoming novel Anyone) will team up with artists GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer) and DANIELE ORLANDINI (Darth Vader) and 2019 Eisner Award-winning colorist MATT WILSON (THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE, PAPER GIRLS) to embark on an epic adventure in the brand-new ongoing series, UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY! In this special oversized first issue, readers will journey into the near future, and an unknown nation that was once the United States of America—a land that’s become shrouded in mystery after walling itself off from the rest of the world without explanation over thirty years ago. When a team seeking a cure for a global pandemic breaches U.S. borders, they quickly find themselves in a struggle to survive this strange and deadly lost continent!


Review

Depending on your age and cultural awareness, America is a much different country than the one you grew up in; change is inevitable, sure, but change isn’t always warranted or positive. Without going into too much detail, I believe that it is safe to say that the United States of America is heading in a peculiar direction that has a great deal of its citizens concerned. For more reasons than I care to discuss, there’s good reason for readers–American readers, especially–to take a step back and not only view this country for what it is, but also for what it may become. With that said, culturally aware series like Undiscovered  Country are more than relevant, they’re necessary.

Much more than a cautionary tale, Undiscovered Country highlights the artificiality of modern civilization, and, specifically the absurdity of current policies and the overall social climate that modern readers find themselves trudging through. And, as much as texts like these offer readers an escape, they are also grounded in reality; because of this grounding, tales like the one being told in Undiscovered Country are especially unnerving, haunting even.

Scott Snyder and Charles Soule’s combined efforts have made for a script that’s as timely as it is exciting; the issues are authentic, the stakes are incredibly high, and the characters–what few we’ve met so far–are worth supporting and are easy to empathize with. Despite providing a great deal of critical commentary, Undiscovered Country moves at an impressive pace and never feels weighed down by soapbox speak or finger-pointing.

As much as I enjoyed eyeing the ‘quiet’ scenes, this issue’s more intense scenes, that depict a surreal American landscape, are visually captivating. Giuseppe Camuncoli & Daniele Orlandini’s illustrations are spectacular and immerse readers in dream-like settings that are packed tight with things and being both stunning and frightening. This strange new American landscape, and its occupants, is sublime.

Clearly, chaos awaits. I’m eager to venture further into the surreal, and learn more about Snyder and Soule’s nightmarish America. I highly recommend reading this issue. 

Bottom Line

Much more than a cautionary tale, Undiscovered Country highlights the artificiality of modern civilization, and, specifically the absurdity of current policies and the overall social climate that modern readers find themselves trudging through. Haunting and surreal, Undiscovered Country demands to be read.

The Bottom Line
Much more than a cautionary tale, Undiscovered Country highlights the artificiality of modern civilization, and, specifically the absurdity of current policies and the overall social climate that modern readers find themselves trudging through. Haunting and surreal, Undiscovered Country demands to be read.
10
Score

Charlie Chipman
Charlie Chipman
The kind of guy who almost always ends his e-mails with, "Cheers," Charlie serves as Editor-in-Chief here at The Brazen Bull where he often reviews comic books and television shows. His favorite punctuation mark is the interrobang‽

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