Title: The Unknown #3 (of 4)
Publisher Name: Boom Studios
Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Minck Oosterveer
$3.99, 24 pages, Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP - Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.
She has solved every mystery known to man. But there is one mystery that remains... UNKNOWN! Boarding a speeding train of horrors is the only way that Catherine and Doyle can find the next clue in their mystery of the afterlife. A new original mini-series from Mark (KINGDOM COME) Waid in the vein of RUSE with EXCALIBURís Minck Oosterveer.
Unknown is a series that could easily spend all of its time discussing ideas rather than showing much action. A story that attempts to solve what really happens when a person dies could easily be an excuse for the creative team to preach their beliefs. But this definitely isnít what happens here.
This book doesnít pull any punches. Weíre introduced to a villain in this issue thatís so completely cruel, you can only hope heíll be able to answer the question of what death is like much sooner than the rest of us.
Iíve really enjoyed the writer Mark Waidís work on this series. The story has combined plenty of big ideas with a lot of action in a way that provides the fun of comics with a depth of storytelling. Waidís characters are able to quip with one another, but this isnít a comedy book by any stretch. All of these varying elements have been very carefully balanced to keep the reader completely engaged through each issue.
Artist Minck Oosterveer picked some interesting angles in this issue to help convey dominant, impressive settings that greatly helped the storytelling process. Such effective visuals help keep the number of text boxes down and really keep the story moving. Creative use of coloring and lettering combined with Oosterveerís work to show what a visual medium is truly capable of.
Waid is on hot streak right now, and anything that he writes is worth picking up.