Undiscovered Country #1 hits the shelves this week with rockstar writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule. They teamed up with illustrator Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini, colorist Matt Wilson, and lettering by Crank! So far, the comic has already started to catch attention with New Republic Pictures looking to make a film. Snyder and Soule have already opted to co-write the screenplay and serve as executive producers. So, with the hype that big out of the gate, what can we learn from just the first issue?
Undiscovered Country #1 Tackles Our Country’s Future
In brief, Undiscovered Country #1 shows a future where the United States has closed its borders for the last thirty years. The rest of the world has slowly fallen apart, with the sky literally falling on them. The distress signal, serving as an invitation from the U.S., has caught the attention of the rest of the world. A select few take the risk and become the first to head into U.S. territory. Of course, not everything goes as planned. The story takes a sharp turn and shows us it’s Mad Max and Fallout dystopian land. With bizarre masked marauders and sealife riding across desert land, there’s a lot to take in at once.
There’s plenty of political influence going on within the book itself. Looking at where we are as a country, Undiscovered Country doesn’t seem that far off from an unbelievable future. Speaking of enhancing borders along Mexico and how the U.S. currently deals with imports by increasing tariff prices, this looks more like an actuality on every page. It’s a great wake-up call to the potential future we’re heading down. Without a doubt, climate change, border security, and the radical decisions made by current politicians are what helped create this story.
Capturing The Future Of The United States Of America
This first issue of Undiscovered Country sets up the world they live in and brings the main cast of characters together. Along with a deeply filled exposition of the buildup of revealing the United States. Along with reasoning behind the cast of characters that range from alleged criminals, teenagers, and diplomats. With a story this dense, details like this work best right from the start to keep readers understanding and engaged. They’ve opened the path for the audience to know the ultimate goal of the story, and there’s plenty of room in between to get there.
Overall, Scott Snyder and Charles Soule have created a massive universe with Undiscovered Country. So far, it’s been a mix of Old Man Logan and Fallout weaved into the ramifications of current political issues. It comes as no surprise how much of a passion project this is for the two. Both creators came out and expressed how hard they’ve worked to create this comic. Along with beating deadlines from major publishers, it’s fantastic to see two of the top writers for both DC and Marvel work side by side on a creator-owned project.
Onto A New World
Illustrators Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini have masterfully crafted this new world. Their work together has given readers an extraordinary vision of a future America in turmoil. The story hits the fan when we see what lives inside the U.S. border during this event. From huge two-page spreads to unique character creations, Camuncoli and Orlandiniare are what hold readers in. Granted, this first issue of Undiscovered Country only gives a glimpse of what lies ahead. We’re already on the edge of our seats to find out what comes next.
Undoubtedly Matt Wilson’s coloring comes as a perfect match for the book. His palette for making the creatures of the sea pop on the page resonates with the tone of the book. In the like manner of Camuncoli and Orlandini, Wilson’s coloring expands upon their work as a great colorist should. With the amount of detail there is within the penciling, Wilson hits every beat and crazy creation in the panels.
Land Ho! There’s An Undiscovered Country
In the end, this first issue comes off as a pretty solid first start. It’s a massive project for the team, and it looks like this series may go on for quite a while. This first issue shows plenty of potential for readers to stay hooked. As similar as Undiscovered Country is to other dystopian futures, it still feels very refreshing so far. With an anticipated feature release coming out, it’s a book worth picking up.