Undiscovered Country #14
Written by Scott Snyder and Charles Soule
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Colors by Matt Wilson
Letters by Crank!
The Rundown: Valentina is missing and the team must find her before she’s killed by those trying to protect her.
Valentina has been separated from the rest of the group and finds herself on a island surrounded by the heroes of the comics she used to read as a kid. With all of them vying to “rescue” her, she finds herself in more danger as their programming forces them to act.
At the same time, Ace is struggling to find a real American story to tell to allow them to leave this area of the country and will learn more about this new and unique land. When the team gets word of where Valentina is trapped, they move out to find her, but will discover she’s no damsel in distress.
The Story: I continue to be impressed and amazed with this series and this issue is no exception. There is something both prescient and subversive about plunging the characters into a world where adding to its creativity is the only way to leave it. I also really enjoy the conceit of things needing to be experienced and how that translates into the characters desperate to “save” Valentina. It’s a great narrative choice that also has subversive elements to it about superhero archetypes. I love how this story unfolds and the twists and turns it makes. What really sold me on continuing with it is how Snyder and Soule bring this issue to a close with an interesting and intriguing idea.
The Art: Camuncoli and Marcello Grassi deliver some beautiful imagery throughout this issue. There are so many great visual moments that catch the eye and thrill the imagination. All of the worlds of this series are unique and interesting, but this one has some really dynamic visual pieces.