Thursday, December 31, 2009

Comic Review: Unknown: Devil Made Flesh #2 (Boom! Studios)

Because I had previously reviewed the hardcover of The Unknown, I was interested to see how Mark Waid would carry the story forward. I have to say, he didn’t disappoint. With this, the 2nd issue in the 6-issue series, the story has the same supernatural vibe as before. This time, Cat Allingham is with a new partner (if you read issue 1 you know what happened to her former partner, Doyle), and they are in Alabama investigating a string of murders with a macabre twist.

This issue opens with a direct continuation of where issue 1 left off, and we are thrust into the action immediately. Cat finds herself being held at gunpoint by her new partner, and she has to protect herself and the young boy who is with her. Once the scuffle is over, she comforts the boy, who keeps calling for his father. Cat discovers his father has been murdered and has the word “Only” on his back in blood. This helps Cat and the boy solve the mystery of the Alabama town. (I won’t share details here—you have to read more about it!)

As with the previous Unknown arc, the story is well-written and everything I’d expect from a writer of Mark Waid’s caliber. It’s a perfect blend of suspense and mystery, and Cat is a likeable character. Minck Oosterveer’s art shines with both the crime scenes and the cheesecake buxomness of Cat and the Adriana. Cat’s a pin-up with a lot of brains, which is appealing to me.

All in all, I’d recommend picking up this series. If you liked the original 6-issue storyline, you’ll enjoy this one as well.

Stacey Rader
Staff Reviewer

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