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The smash hit series written by New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder (Wytches, AD: After Death) and Charles Soule (Curse Words, the forthcoming novel Anyone) with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer), newcomer Leonardo Marcello Grassi and Eisner-award winning colorist Matt Wilson (The Wicked and the Divine, Paper Girls) con The smash hit series written by New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder (Wytches, AD: After Death) and Charles Soule (Curse Words, the forthcoming novel Anyone) with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer), newcomer Leonardo Marcello Grassi and Eisner-award winning colorist Matt Wilson (The Wicked and the Divine, Paper Girls) continues! After barely escaping the deadly clutches of the Destiny Man, the expedition team has crossed over into the strange new zone of "Unity" -- a futuristic world of gleaming technology and artificial intelligence. But will it be a safe haven for our heroes, or are they destined to be absorbed into hive mind?! Collects UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #6-12


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The smash hit series written by New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder (Wytches, AD: After Death) and Charles Soule (Curse Words, the forthcoming novel Anyone) with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer), newcomer Leonardo Marcello Grassi and Eisner-award winning colorist Matt Wilson (The Wicked and the Divine, Paper Girls) con The smash hit series written by New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder (Wytches, AD: After Death) and Charles Soule (Curse Words, the forthcoming novel Anyone) with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer), newcomer Leonardo Marcello Grassi and Eisner-award winning colorist Matt Wilson (The Wicked and the Divine, Paper Girls) continues! After barely escaping the deadly clutches of the Destiny Man, the expedition team has crossed over into the strange new zone of "Unity" -- a futuristic world of gleaming technology and artificial intelligence. But will it be a safe haven for our heroes, or are they destined to be absorbed into hive mind?! Collects UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #6-12

30 review for Undiscovered Country, Vol. 2: Unity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    If you're expecting as much creativity and absurd world-building rooted in American history and patriotism, you've got it here, cranked up to 100. The story continues where it was left off but the gang finds itself in a new world dictated by a false sense of unity. The story and its countless twists continue to be over-the-top, never giving readers a chance to guess where things will go next. Still fun though. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/ If you're expecting as much creativity and absurd world-building rooted in American history and patriotism, you've got it here, cranked up to 100. The story continues where it was left off but the gang finds itself in a new world dictated by a false sense of unity. The story and its countless twists continue to be over-the-top, never giving readers a chance to guess where things will go next. Still fun though. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    This is one “out there” series. And I mean that both in a story-sense and also from a “I can’t believe that this series is actually allowed to be published” perspective. On the one hand, you have to credit co-writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule for refusing to play things safe: this is a series that has big things on its mind and isn’t afraid to dig deep, ranging from ideas of what exactly constitutes American nationalism to examining the nature of free will and its impact – positive AND negat This is one “out there” series. And I mean that both in a story-sense and also from a “I can’t believe that this series is actually allowed to be published” perspective. On the one hand, you have to credit co-writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule for refusing to play things safe: this is a series that has big things on its mind and isn’t afraid to dig deep, ranging from ideas of what exactly constitutes American nationalism to examining the nature of free will and its impact – positive AND negative – on the human condition. It’s also a series that has consistently gorgeous art, with illustrator Giuseppe Camuncoli providing spread after spread of striking color and dynamic line-work. On a purely technical and thematic level, there’s so much to admire and appreciate here. On the other hand…this is also a series that is, well, a lot to take in. Issue-for-issue, Snyder and Soule don’t hold the reader’s hand, neither in terms of providing easy answers to story questions, or when it comes to providing a clear sense of narrative thrust – there are significant chunks of “Undiscovered Country” where it is not 100% clear what exactly is happening, or even if we SHOULD know what is happening. That kind of cards-close-to-the-chest approach to building an ongoing story is is easy to admire – I wish more writers trusted their readers to be smart enough to keep up with them – but it can also lead to a sense of narrative fatigue, especially when applied over an extended publication schedule. It also doesn’t help that it can often be difficult to remember exactly what happened, story-wise, when reading the series month-to-month: so big are the ideas being bounced around here, and so thoroughly unapologetic is Snyder and Soule’s approach to digging deep into said ideas, that it’s not unusual to often feel lost at sea, especially when new chapters of the story are being released only once every 30 days. In fact, one might be forgiven for wondering if the ideal reading experience of “Undiscovered Country” wasn’t month-to-month, but rather, if read binge-style – theoretically, this might help to eliminate some of the confusion/fatigue on a story-level, and might also provide a better and more consistent sense of payoff, as opposed to having to wait 30 days for each new drip of story. Still – you have to admire the ambition of what Snyder and Soule are going for here. “Undiscovered Country” isn’t always the most fun or even engaging series on the stands, but it may be one of the most interesting. And that doesn’t count for nothing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    A significant improvement over the first volume. The characters don't evolve past their basic personality traits, but the world-building is far more exciting and paced far better than the breakneck chaos of the first arc. The series isn't as smart or unique as it thinks it is, and I still wish Soule and Snyder interrogated the Americana ideas and themes they introduce instead of co-opting them for fun, wild fantasy. But...if fun is their goal, this volume achieves that. Camuncoli, Grassi, and Wi A significant improvement over the first volume. The characters don't evolve past their basic personality traits, but the world-building is far more exciting and paced far better than the breakneck chaos of the first arc. The series isn't as smart or unique as it thinks it is, and I still wish Soule and Snyder interrogated the Americana ideas and themes they introduce instead of co-opting them for fun, wild fantasy. But...if fun is their goal, this volume achieves that. Camuncoli, Grassi, and Wilson's art remain a big draw. Camuncoli's dynamic layouts and creative, grotesque designs give the book a style and originality that easily outshine the serviceable but rote script. I'm definitely going to be sticking around for the series, which wasn't something I was sure of after finishing the introductory volume. I wish this series was something more than it is. When taken as it is––a rollercoaster of a science-fantasy series––Undiscovered Country is an enjoyable, easy, and sometimes exciting read. 3.5/5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    This series continues to be weird for its own sake, but this volume nails down a bit more of the reasoning behind it. The survivors enter the Unity zone, a cybernetic utopia, and they are the targets of a persuasion campaign to throw their vote behind the zone's apparent paradise. Of course things go awry, with a fairly predictable twist, but the entrance of Destiny Man into Unity adds one ball too many to the zone's leadership, and things end chaotically. I appreciated the style of the art throu This series continues to be weird for its own sake, but this volume nails down a bit more of the reasoning behind it. The survivors enter the Unity zone, a cybernetic utopia, and they are the targets of a persuasion campaign to throw their vote behind the zone's apparent paradise. Of course things go awry, with a fairly predictable twist, but the entrance of Destiny Man into Unity adds one ball too many to the zone's leadership, and things end chaotically. I appreciated the style of the art throughout, and this volume really does clear up a lot without stealing too much from the overall mystery of the world, answering some questions while raising others. There's a couple of twists that are fairly effective as well, setting up the next volume. While perhaps not quite as chaotic as the first volume, it doesn't lose much energy even as it straightens its plot out a bit.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    OK, glad I stopped buying this story in single issues.... As I was reading, I was having fond memories of the first volume, back to a time this story was new. I have now gone back to read my review and in the end I did not like book one much. This section of the story is all but a retread of the first story arc. The team arrives, the team is attacked, they meet the locals. The locals are "friendly" this time and try to talk the team into believing in Unity. But in the end we learn nothing new, we OK, glad I stopped buying this story in single issues.... As I was reading, I was having fond memories of the first volume, back to a time this story was new. I have now gone back to read my review and in the end I did not like book one much. This section of the story is all but a retread of the first story arc. The team arrives, the team is attacked, they meet the locals. The locals are "friendly" this time and try to talk the team into believing in Unity. But in the end we learn nothing new, we learn there are people doing horrible things to children in pursuit of the American Dream. We still don't know what the final goal of this new grand experiment of the "American Dream". We don't know what is going on. I'm not sure Mr Snyder or the other creator know what is going on. The art is great. There is a plan for 13 total volumes of this story and how many single issues? It must be nice to be able to sell anything based on your name alone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jefferson

    With a lot of the world-building out of the way, it becomes more clear in this second volume that the authors will be using the narrative framework they've created to comment on different aspects of American politics and culture. This is fine, but the science fiction they're couching it in is still a little on the basic and predictable side. Still, this volume was just compelling enough to make me want to read further, which is really the only thing an ongoing series needs to do. With a lot of the world-building out of the way, it becomes more clear in this second volume that the authors will be using the narrative framework they've created to comment on different aspects of American politics and culture. This is fine, but the science fiction they're couching it in is still a little on the basic and predictable side. Still, this volume was just compelling enough to make me want to read further, which is really the only thing an ongoing series needs to do.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    A bit better than the first volume since some of the tedious worldbuilding is already done, but an anticipation of exhaustion is looming as well - if they intend to devote six issues to each arc and have established a need for 13 arcs (at least, based on the current track record) that's a promise for (or a demand to keep buying for) more than 5 more years of story. Good Luck. A bit better than the first volume since some of the tedious worldbuilding is already done, but an anticipation of exhaustion is looming as well - if they intend to devote six issues to each arc and have established a need for 13 arcs (at least, based on the current track record) that's a promise for (or a demand to keep buying for) more than 5 more years of story. Good Luck.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The second step of the Path brings our heroes into the community known as Unity. Could their decision already be made, or is this place too good to be true? And with the Destiny Man hot on their heels, will they even survive to make the decision at all? Undiscovered Country probably loses a lot of its impact on me since I'm not an American. The culture references don't resonate as much as they should, but the idea of trying to build a better world and approaching it from different directions is o The second step of the Path brings our heroes into the community known as Unity. Could their decision already be made, or is this place too good to be true? And with the Destiny Man hot on their heels, will they even survive to make the decision at all? Undiscovered Country probably loses a lot of its impact on me since I'm not an American. The culture references don't resonate as much as they should, but the idea of trying to build a better world and approaching it from different directions is one that I can definitely get behind, as well as a Stepford-esque community that hides a creepy underbelly, and that's what this second arc of UC gives us. We still get a little character development for everyone as well, although the siblings are definitely the driving force of this section as well. The leader of Unity is equal parts convincing and awful, and there's at least one 'oh dear god' type of reveal that disturbed me a hell of a lot, so well done Soule/Snyder. Giuseppe Camuncoli's artwork really shines in this volume; his new stable of inkers/colourist mean that this volume's a bit more consistent than the first where everything was kind of in flux at the end. The ropey wire constructs that appear when everything goes to hell are reminiscent of Cammo's Spider-Man work. Undiscovered Country's second volume is a twist on a concept we've seen before, but it drives the ongoing plot forward while dripfeeding us some reveals about the greater story; a now bedded-in art stable completes the team, and god knows where they're going to take us next.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    Even though it’s not as inventive as the first volume (though it is quite inventive), the storytelling is improved. That could be because we know the characters and world better now. But also, I think, this reads better as a whole volume rather than the individual issues (which is how I read volume one). There are some interesting ideas, but due to the episodic nature and the number of characters, there’s not a lot of depth. We get an idea of the six chosen to enter America: (I can’t recall name Even though it’s not as inventive as the first volume (though it is quite inventive), the storytelling is improved. That could be because we know the characters and world better now. But also, I think, this reads better as a whole volume rather than the individual issues (which is how I read volume one). There are some interesting ideas, but due to the episodic nature and the number of characters, there’s not a lot of depth. We get an idea of the six chosen to enter America: (I can’t recall names off the top of my head) two are interested in the business side of things, two are siblings whose parents were involved in making America what it’s become, one has an innate knowledge of things in America, and the last has a drone. We do t get to know these people in much more depth than that, since other characters get somewhat higher billing: the Destiny Man, Sam, and newcomer Jain, who runs Unity. But Snyder and Soule do a nice job incorporating all of the key characters. This is certainly an ambitious project. If each volume will focus on one zone of America, that’s at least 13 volumes, not to mention what else the story needs to tackle. I hope they can pull it off. It’ll be tough in the fickle indie market though.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David

    Still going strong in volume 2. I like the concept of a bizzaro America cut off from the ret of the world and conducting wild experiments in social engineering. The recurring, slightly varied, sometimes crazed uncle Sam character is fun. The characters are still a little shallow. I kind of like that Undiscovered Country gets right to the action and doesn't veer off into backstory, but I'm having a hard time bonding with the characters. At the end of volume 2 they are just as flat and remote a at Still going strong in volume 2. I like the concept of a bizzaro America cut off from the ret of the world and conducting wild experiments in social engineering. The recurring, slightly varied, sometimes crazed uncle Sam character is fun. The characters are still a little shallow. I kind of like that Undiscovered Country gets right to the action and doesn't veer off into backstory, but I'm having a hard time bonding with the characters. At the end of volume 2 they are just as flat and remote a at the beginning of volume 1. I also feel like this wants to be an incisive criticism of contemporary American life, but it doesn't do that very well. It's mostly caricatures, gun mad anarchy in Destiny and alluring but amoral technocracy in Unity. I will keep reading and am looking forward to volume 3!

  11. 4 out of 5

    B.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought book one was about - what it we let the current set of Americans who are Republicans run their course. But apparently it was about libertarians. I don't usually associate zero tolerance for foreigners with libertarians but ok. Book two then is about technology running its course at any cost. And the cost the author chose was children's brains. So that becomes an easy choice and not really a difficult thought experiment on whether we can afford to advance technology with things people c I thought book one was about - what it we let the current set of Americans who are Republicans run their course. But apparently it was about libertarians. I don't usually associate zero tolerance for foreigners with libertarians but ok. Book two then is about technology running its course at any cost. And the cost the author chose was children's brains. So that becomes an easy choice and not really a difficult thought experiment on whether we can afford to advance technology with things people currently find morally questionable like stem cells. Stem cells are not like children's brains... And I'm feeling this was also some fear of socialism. Having no choice but to help the greater good. So I continue to be worried about where this is going but I'm appreciating the bizarenes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Art

    Another 3.5. The story becomes more clear, but not by too terribly much. The writers created interesting societies and explore some of the core American ideals. There is also action galore. It is intriguing. I wasn't sure after volume 1 how far I'd go, but this one has aroused my curiosity. I want to know where this series goes. Another 3.5. The story becomes more clear, but not by too terribly much. The writers created interesting societies and explore some of the core American ideals. There is also action galore. It is intriguing. I wasn't sure after volume 1 how far I'd go, but this one has aroused my curiosity. I want to know where this series goes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    I didn't like it at first. It's too over the top which scott snyder loves to do even though it ruins most of his comics. But if you stick with it it comes around into a more fathomable and coherent story. Ill keep reading it. But I wouldn't recommend it. 3 stars. I didn't like it at first. It's too over the top which scott snyder loves to do even though it ruins most of his comics. But if you stick with it it comes around into a more fathomable and coherent story. Ill keep reading it. But I wouldn't recommend it. 3 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lou Fillari

    Much less exciting. We're just trudging along on an action/adventure with our new friends and everything's mysterious but slowly becoming less mysterious. I am all about Destiny Man. Super hoping he destroys the country from the outside in. Much less exciting. We're just trudging along on an action/adventure with our new friends and everything's mysterious but slowly becoming less mysterious. I am all about Destiny Man. Super hoping he destroys the country from the outside in.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John

    Very very good. Lot of explanations here. Art is not as refined as volume 1.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Peter Melancon

    I'm liking this series more and more. I love how each part of the region is completely different, I am curious where the series goes but besides that it's a remarkable read. I'm liking this series more and more. I love how each part of the region is completely different, I am curious where the series goes but besides that it's a remarkable read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Abella

    Digging this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Funderburg

    Continues to be creative and uniquely curious. Can't wait to see what the next step in the Spiral has for us. Possibility!! Continues to be creative and uniquely curious. Can't wait to see what the next step in the Spiral has for us. Possibility!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liana

    I'm still not sure how I feel about this whole thing. I'm still not sure how I feel about this whole thing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bec Pearce

    This wonderful series continues to make me think whilst gripping me with every page turn. Am chomping at the bit for volume 3!

  21. 5 out of 5

    M.i.

    I like the ideas espoused in this series. Not sure at this point what it’s all leading up to, but at least this tale of dystopian America is heavy on the action and intrigue.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    As the story continues in the second arc we see another zone in America and start to get some questions answered.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie Florida

    🤨 😒

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Am I allowed to call this a little too silly for its own good? Cuz that's what this is. Am I allowed to call this a little too silly for its own good? Cuz that's what this is.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    Not quite as engrossing as the first volume, though I certainly appreciate the metaphors I’m tracking and the neo-Americana of this arc.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    This series is really really weird and the first issues of each new volume are tough to get into. However, both times Snyder and Soule have managed to wrap up each section making me want to read more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tony

  28. 4 out of 5

    James Lonano

  29. 4 out of 5

    Earl Foster

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sudheer

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