Here in Toronto, Canada, the sun is shining and the clock excitedly ticks down to quitting time when many of us make our weekly pilgrimage to the local comic book shop to grab our fill of the world’s best pop culture, visual storytelling, medium.
While some might be excited about today’s release of the ninth – and concluding chapter of DKIII (finally!), others might be looking for a new read. One that won’t be hampered by regular delays (hopefully!) but is also backed up by a proven artistic team.
And you know that we here at Biff Bam Pop! like our horror.
We like it psychological, and dreadful, and full of monsters, and covens, and secrets, and nasty things that play in the dark.
It just so happens that’s what we get today with the release of the first issue of…The Unsound.
How’s that for inspiring dread?!?
The Unsound #1
Written By: Cullen Bunn
Illustrated By: Jack T. Cole
Published By: Boom Studios
Admittedly, I’m a big fan of writer Cullen Bunn’s ongoing monthly horror series, Harrow County (award winning and wonderfully – and darkly – illustrated by Tyler Crook). It’s been mentioned a few times on this website – chiefly here and here and is currently in development as a television series with Universal Cable Productions. It would be lovely to see the evocative Harrow County on the boob tube. Until then, everyone should be reading it.
Bunn is also well regarded for his creator owned work The Damned and The Sixth Gun, not to mention his mainstream superhero work on various Deadpool comics and the current Uncanny X-Men. With The Unsound, published by Boom Studios, he’s joined by artist Jack T. Cole, who infuses Bunn’s words with beautiful figurative line work and complex architecture…intermingled with truly creepy visuals.
The four-issue The Unsound miniseries follows Ashli and her first day as a nurse at Weirmont Psychiatric Hospital. Of course, it’s a monumentally Gothic looking building, full of dark corners and hidden mysteries. After an inmate riot breaks out, Ashli finds herself in the deepest parts of the hospital. It’s here that she discovers a world populated by lunatics, monsters, and secrets revealed: black magic and appalling scientific experiments.
The Unsound is horror world-building at its best: deep and rich and dark.
Get in on some fresh, reality-bending, horror! Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick The Unsound #1!