The Unknown 3 (July 2009)

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Now it’s Indiana Jones, complete with hopping on a moving truck full of ancient relics and having a showdown with a purportedly three hundred-year-old man who’s on a holy mission.

The first issue in the series in no way sets the book up as a mystical, sci-fi thingy; it was a mystery, science comic. Allingham’s character changes once again, this time from master detective to pulp hero (her cleavage stays the same, however, and is just as silly as before), and those changes raise the question of Waid’s intent for the book, not to mention his interest level.

It’s not about the characters–he’s willy nilly between Allingham and Doyle and their chemistry is awful–it’s not about the case–he changes it from real to supernatural at the drop of a hat–so it’s just about keeping, presumably, someone interested in the story’s revelations.

He fails.

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CREDITS

Writer, Mark Waid; artist, Minck Oosterveer; colorist, Fellipe Martins; letterer, Marshall Dillon; editor, Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.

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The Unknown 2 (June 2009)

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Ok, I’m still not sold on the series–it’s way too simplistic and way too contrived–Allingham might be the most obnoxious protagonist to a comic I’ve ever read, Waid seems to be going out of his way to make her unlikable, but it’s not like Doyle (get it, Arthur Conan) is much better. Boom! likes doing comics about big muscle men (the last one I “read” was 2 Guns) who lack any humanity. The whole thing seems a tad overcompensatory. Maybe they want a blond-wigged Vin Diesel in the movie.

Anyway, the ending is fantastic though. Oosterveer gets the uncanny stuff down, it’s the regular parts he has trouble with. I’m still trying to figure out why they decided to make an all brains, all business female protagonist look like a playmate.

The way Oosterveer concentrates on the protagonist’s cleavage, it’s hard to believe anyone listens to her.

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CREDITS

Writer, Mark Waid; artist, Minck Oosterveer; colorist, Fellipe Martins; letterer, Marshall Dillon; editor, Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.

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