The Unknown #3 (Boom! – Waid / Oosterver)
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 EXCALIBUR’s Minck Oosterveer.
After two issues, I had enjoyed this series and thought it would exceed my expectations, my friend and fellow reviewer Chris thought it had potential but it was directionless… as I read issue #3, it turned out Chris’ intuition on this was closer than mine on this one. Meh!
The Unknown has quickly moved from a thoughtful detective story into a weird, over-the-top, supernatural horror that should be aired Saturday night 10:00 on Sci-fi.
All of the mystery is gone. Or at the very least it has shifted from a thrifty, witty, buddy-story to a runaway bad slasher filled with googly midget demons, giant doors to the afterlife and an evil, immortal monk. Yup, you heard me… just being an evil monk couldn’t have done it, we needed an evil immortal monk – you see he was spelunking and he found a giant wooden doorway to Heaven and Hell (you know, the sort of thing you find all the time when exploring caves) and he exchanged living forever for getting to guardian of the door (hey, good call monkman!) – oh and by the way he has a gothy femme fatale sidekick (hey if I was immortal and evil, I would probably try to get something similar!). The Unknown went from being edgy and cool to just being over the top.
Everything about this issue tooka dive: the story, the details, the art – it all went kapoot!
Here’s to hoping issue 4 rounds it out in a decent way!
issue grade: D
series grade: B-