Monday, July 13, 2009

Comic Review: The Unknown#3 (BOOM! Studios) By John H

What you don’t know can’t hurt you, can it?

Belief is a weird thing. You either have it or you don’t. It can change or evolve over time, but it never completely goes away. To acknowledge a higher power requires a certain leap of faith, to believe in something you cannot see, a little like particle physicist‘s did before C.T.R. Wilson invented the cloud chamber, and proved the existence of atoms and nuclei. When proof will finally surface about life on other planets, what will the god fearing masses think then? What would a fact finding atheist do when shown insurmountable evidence of the supernatural?

Would you, like Catherine Allingham in The Unknown #3, try and disprove the various theories on the after life or would you just let the mystery lie, especially if you only had 6 months to live? As an atheist detective whose “faith” resides solely in the realm of science, Catherine happens unto certain individuals and events that begin to shake her beliefs.

A certain box, with the ability to judge the value of human existence, leads her and her companion on an adventure that will put her on a path fraught with danger. The path leads her to an orthodox priest who claims to have lived three hundred years since discovering a door to the underworld, while seeking treasure in a chasm.Demanding a price for intruding upon their realm, the spirits grant the unlucky spelunker immortality in exchange for being the door’s eternal guardian. This old priest believes that any form of proof of the existence of the afterlife, from the esoteric to modern science, must be destroyed. Problem is the highly sought after box is in the possession of the maniacal priest.

All this leads our dear heroine to the fabled door to the Underworld, and when she finds herself trapped on the other side with the encroaching darkness creeping upon her, questions are raised as how can she not believe what is happening around her.

A surprisingly entertaining read which I can’t wait to see the conclusion to next month.


Goes on sale July 15th

John H

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