Updated on 16 October, 2021
Undiscovered Country Comic and Graphic Novel released by Image Comics is a follow up to their hit album, Paper Towns. The follow up is a nine issue series featuring the adventures of Billy Batson, an escaped slave, and the town ofishers named Pleasantville. It has been received well by critics and fans. I would call it a quality comic book in a peerless genre. I believe that the Undiscovered Country Comic has what it takes to be considered a masterpiece.
Let's get this out of the way, this isn't a children's book. Although there are a few mature topics within, that child-like quality is present. I personally don't think that's a negative thing. The reason being is that we're talking about an eleven year old child who lives in a strange town and goes to a strange school. For any reader dealing with that age, that type of environment and life can be very interesting. I feel that by injecting a little humor and some adult content, the reader won't be able to help but laugh.
In this first issue we meet Billy Batson, who after being left alone in a strange city, wanders off to an alleyway where he witnesses a brutal execution. After witnessing this, Billy assumes the identity of the masked avenger known as "The Phantom". One of the funniest things I've seen in awhile. Billy soon finds out that he has a destiny to attend the University of Texas. I don't want to give too much away, but rest assured it will all make for some good reading.
Billy and his best friend, Frank, stumble upon a mass of bodies in the middle of the night. They quickly realize they were victims of a serial killer that seems to be targeting townspeople. The trio of boys manages to escape the building just in time. What becomes of them remains a mystery.
The Phantom is soon catching the attention of a local jeweler. He is interested in knowing more about the mysterious Phantom. He decides to investigate him himself. He soon finds out that the Phantom is after something called Dead Man's Shoes. With a name like this, and the description of it being a rare gem, he assumes that it belongs to the Phantom. The jeweler soon discovers that the shoes are not real and were made by a con artist.
Just when everyone thinks it's a lost case, the Phantom shows up again and this time he has a plan. He threatens to reveal his identity unless the jeweler pays him. The jeweler, believing the story, complies. The third leg of the plot then unfolds. It involves the Phantom stealing the shoes and giving them to his newest victim, Frank.
This three part story is excellent. It has excellent dialog and gives us a little perspective on how society really works. The story may have a few twists and turns, but that's how the comic book world works. Most of all, it's a great read.
This isn't a very long comic so there isn't a lot of space to tell many stories. However, if you enjoy fantasy adventure comics you will love this one. It's well-written, entertaining, and will make you think. A great combination of romance, comedy, and mystery makes for a good story. An Undiscovered Country Comic Review should give you a good idea of why.
There are only a couple of issues left in the series so I recommend grabbing them while you can. For the price, it's a worthwhile read. One of the main characters, Frank, even got a short story in the last issue.
If you're interested in superheroes, this is a great series to start with. You'll find plenty of superpowers here including martial arts, witchcraft, science fiction, and more. It might not be a great jumping off point for new readers, but if you enjoyed the other works by DC comic's superheros, this is a great place to start. For those who are looking for a different kind of read, this is a great series to try out.
Overall, this is a great series to add to your comic library. It's not exactly a high-art, action packed comic but it's definitely worth reading just for the story alone. I highly recommend this comic to anyone who likes a little slice of world and fantasy in their comics.