Oh man, what a week it has been! Drove a good 6 hours to get to a northern region of Quebec to train participating police officers in our national bodycam project and it was quite an insightful and immersive experience; especially in terms of understanding their own historical and territorial issues (e.g. everything related to indigenous peoples).
Sometimes when you’re so immersed in high-maintenance situations, you sort of disconnect from your own routine, making it such a relief when you can finally get back to it. Then again, sometimes you’re so used to your own routine that you look for ways to escape it. That’s what alternative realities are for and there are plenty of stories out there that can achieve it quite wonderfully! Check out these comics that are bound to pique your curiosity one way or another, allowing you to explore fascinating (sometimes very terrifying) alternate realities! 🙂
This feature published at an undetermined frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, who knows) will present a couple of mini reviews on anything that isn’t in a physical format that I own (ebooks, comic books, TV series or movies).
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Anything presented in this feature doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t get a full-review treatment in the future. That will entirely depend on how much I loved it, how interested you are in hearing more on it, and how much I have to still say about it! 🤣
Undiscovered Country (Vol. 1) by Scott Snyder.
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!
This story couldn’t feel more American than this. Although it could’ve severely suffered from its radical ideas set in American history and politics, it was easier to accept it for the sake of enjoying the story in the end.
The artwork is fantastic, incredibly colourful and detailed, but the lack of world-building, especially to help the reader understand how the world even came to be like it is here makes it tougher to understand what kind of universe it was going for and if it was trying to be critical or simply exploring a fantasy…
Good thing these two writers (Scott Snyder and Charles Soule) are good at their craft though… Otherwise, I’d have moved on to other stories.
Undiscovered Country (Vol. 2) by Scott Snyder.
After barely escaping the deadly clutches of the Destiny Man, the expedition team has crossed over into the strange new zone of “Unity” — a futuristic world of gleaming technology and artificial intelligence. But will it be a safe haven for our heroes, or are they destined to be absorbed into hive mind?!
If you’re expecting as much creativity and absurd world-building rooted in American history and patriotism, you’ve got it here, and it’s even cranked up to 200. The story continues where it was left off but the gang find itself in a new world dictated by a false sense of unity. The story and its countless twists continue to be over-the-top, never giving readers a chance to guess where things will go next. If you’ve made it as far as volume 2, you’re probably in it out of curiosity. I know I was and it remains a fun story despite its conceptual flaws.
Once & Future (Vol. 1): The King is Undead by Kieron Gillen.
When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to combat the deadly secrets of England’s past that threaten its very future.
An original, violent, and action-packed adventure creatively drawing upon Arthurian mythology to introduce us to new threats and unlikely heroes. An unforgiving choppiness in the narration/artwork leaves an impression of emptiness as the story unfolds at a breakneck pace. However, the bombastic and sharp artwork, on top of the charismatic granny, makes for an entertaining and engrossing read.
Once & Future (Vol. 2): Old English by Kieron Gillen.
When an ancient helmet at the British Museum is taken, Bridgette and Duncan are confronted by another hero of yore, one who will lead them to facing off against their most formidable challenge yet…a beast and his mother.
Although Bridgette and Duncan stopped Arthur from retrieving the Grail and separated him from the legendary scabbard of Excalibur, the undead King of the Britons still has his sights on returning to our world and returning to power. By inadvertently changing the story of the famous King, Duncan and Gran have thrown the Otherworld into shambles, allowing for new legends and characters to make their appearance – and bring a world of trouble along with them.
Action-packed, highly creative, gore-tastic. Writer Kieron Gillen continues to dive deep into his mythology arsenal to bring into play famous personages and creatures in this Arthurian adventure. The choppy and depthless narrative (and even artwork) continues to hinder my own enjoyment of this series but somehow remains incredibly addictive, probably thanks to Dan Mora’s stunning artwork.
The Department of Truth (Vol. 1): The End of the World by James Tynion IV.
COLE TURNER has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn’t prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK Assassination to Flat Earth Theory and Reptilian Shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of Truth?
This was quite ambitious in scope and execution and turned out to be exactly what I was hoping it would turn out to be. Conspiracies and secret organizations working in the shadow to hide a mind-boggling truth? Count me in. The abstract and blurry artwork work perfectly with the cryptic reality-bending narrative.
There’s a lot of pieces that needed to be set before getting to the juicy part but the following volume will surely have the task to push this world’s axis to unexpected frontiers.