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UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, VOL. 1: DESTINY TP review – Isolationist Policy (Snyder, Soule, Orlandini, Grassi, Wilson, CRANK!, Image Comics)

Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY takes a wholly original premise and then shakes it up and makes it even more trippy. In the future, the United States of America has walled itself off from the rest of the world, with no communication with the outside world for 30 years. That in and of itself is a fascinating premise. When a team seeking a cure for a global pandemic enters the United States for the first time, Undiscovered Country ups its own ante, adding enough horror, science fiction, and conspiracy elements to melt your brain. Much like today, the United States is divided up into separate areas, and Volume 1 includes the first arc, which focuses on the team’s journey into the first. 

UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY deftly weaves in flashback backstories for its main characters, slowly adding more detail to each as the series progresses. It keeps you off balance and consistently provides satisfying and surprising twists while laying the groundwork for more mysteries. Just when you think you know what the series is about, the book throws some insane and seemingly impossible visuals. Some of the stuff borders on being too much, but then the book brings the focus back to the characters and things settle down just in time. 

One volume in and I’m genuinely hooked on figuring out what the bigger picture is as well as a few of the subplots interwoven into the series. Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire) are definitely onto something with this series and this collected volume is a great way to catch up. There is a fair amount of violence, so some parental discretion is advised. I highly recommend this series for adults.

 UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, VOL. 1: DESTINY TP collects issues 1-6 of the series, and it is now available.

Do you plan to read the trade paperback? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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