- Posted by Johanna on July 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm
- Category: Indy Comic Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Mark Waid; art by Minck Oosterveer
- PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios; $3.99 US
I finally got a chance to catch up on the Boom! miniseries The Unknown, and I’m glad I did. It’s about a genius investigator, Catherine Allingham, who can solve any mystery, normal or paranormal. The twist here is: she’s only got six months to live.
I’m frankly surprised I liked it as much as I did. It’s because of the character work. I really like Catherine. She’s brusque and impatient, with the best excuse possible for not wanting to waste any time. She’s brilliant, and everyone knows it. And she’s got that dramatic red scarf.
She’s trying to solve life’s last mystery, the one she’s going to face herself, but at the same time, she doesn’t want to succumb to mystical thinking. Finally, a woman who could stand up to, and likely best, Sherlock Holmes.
Due to the tumor, she’s seeing spooky men staring at her, so she enlists some help: a former bouncer with good ethics and the ability to read people really well. They’re off to Europe to recover the world’s most precise scale, which has been stolen. She suspects someone is trying to measure the weight of a soul.
While she’s seeking a rational explanation for the afterlife, creepy things begin happening. I’m reminded of Dr. 13, the comics pragmatist and debunker, only not quite so stubborn.
The dialogue’s great, and the art appropriately moody. It’s written by Mark Waid with art by Minck Oosterveer. You can read a preview of #1 online. Issue #4, the conclusion, is due out next month, with a hardcover collection following in September. The sequel miniseries, The Devil Made Flesh, also starts that month. (Complimentary online copies were provided by the publisher.)