Review - Undiscovered Country Volume 1

Title: Undiscovered Country - Volume 1

Author: Scott Snyder and many many more

Publisher: Image Comics

Release Date: 14th July 2020

Source: Own Copy

The smash hit series written by New York Times bestselling writers SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHESAD: AFTER DEATH) and CHARLES SOULE (CURSE WORDSOracle Year) with art by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (The Amazing Spider-ManDarth VaderHellblazer), DANIELE ORLANDINI (Darth Vader) and Eisner Award-winning colorist MATT WILSON (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, PAPER GIRLS) gets its first collection! 

In UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, readers will journey into an unknown region that was once the United States of America-a mysterious land that has been literally walled off from the rest of the world for well over a century. Two small expeditions enter the former US simultaneously-one from the east, one from the west-and journey inward, each seeking their own form of truth as they struggle to survive in this strange and deadly lost country! 

The United States of America is always in the news, sometimes for good reasons, sometimes for bad reasons.  What if it wasn’t in the news at all?  What if it shut its doors, nobody gets in and nobody gets out.  Not a peep out of one of the worlds bigger economies for years and years.

It’s hard to imagine isn’t it?

Well imagine no more! Undiscovered Country takes the USA and literally builds a bloody big wall around it.  They call it The Sealing.  The world outside carries on, splitting itself in to two factions, Euro-Afrique and Pan-Asia, they haven’t heard from their America cousins for over a century until out of the blue they receive a message.

They are being watched, the Americans know all about the hardships outside their walls, they know a virus from the sky is killing millions and could lead to the collapse of society.  They have a cure but they aren’t coming out from behind their walls, the outside is being invited in.

It’s a trap you scream! It does kinda sound a bit too good to be true, but undeterred Euro-Afrique and Pan-Asia send in a small team to the given co-ordinates to see what can be found out.  What they discover makes all the Mad Max films including the new one look like Peppa Pig.  It’s a land of pure madness ruled by the Destiny Man.

People and I use that term very loosely are horribly mutated, crazed and sociopathic they roam and kill riding upon giant sharks, crazy looking starfish and every vehicle know to man except it has been pimped, imagine the shuttle Atlantis with balloons attached, cars driven by teeth, you get the idea.

Follow the expedition as they land and quickly realises things are definitely going to go from bad to worse, they discover an America unlike anything on the maps.  Getting across the country is not going to be easy when everything there is trying to kill or enslave them.

It’s brutal, it really is, definitely not for those feint of heart but it is colourful, fast paced and really intriguing.  What I really liked as well was throughout the book between the chapters there was snippets from people who lived outside the zone, where they were when The Sealing occurred, people pondering if American rock continued, American sports teams stuck in Korea unable to return, its kind of fascinating to learn how people had to adapt.

So yes I did like this, I’m already imagining it as bloody bonkers Netflix series, its definitely worth a read.



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