The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh 3 (November 2009)

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It must be nice being the editor-in-chief at the company where you write comics, because then you can get away with a silly issue like this one. It’s not bad–I mean, it’s bad, but it’s not really bad–it’s not stupid, for instance, it’s just poorly handled.

Waid puts the surprise ending in the third issue instead of the fourth, then he has this strange return of a character in a manner not making any sense. He explains it and I guess it gets the reader through the twenty pages of story, but I’m sitting here now and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how the heck it makes an iota of sense. More, it seemingly contradicts certain elements of the first series.

The big religious reveal hasn’t happened yet. I think the lack of sincerity (Waid’s not a fundie) bugs me a bit.

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CREDITS

Writer, Mark Waid; artist, Minck Oosterveer; colorists, Javier Suppa and Andres Lozano; letterer, Marshall Dillon; editors, Dafna Pleban and Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.

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  1. In it's first Unknown series, Waid kept the unexplainable comfortably enough in the background so that logical explanation wasn't an issue. But the second series has pretty much taken the "Inexplicable" and made it mundane by forcing the existence of ghosts, the afterlife, etc., as reason for the stories. All the characters and set up so far are swept aside for a "plausable" co existence of another "dimension", an etheral state that so casually interferes with our own.
    I'll pick up the next issue to finish the story, but barring a "miracle", this comic got turned on it's head halfway to conception and now has nowhere to go.

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