The Great Unknown #1
By Zak Edwards
February 23, 2009 - 14:00
Writer(s): Duncan Rouleau
Penciller(s): Duncan Rouleau
Letterer(s): Francis Takenaga
Cover Artist(s): Duncan Rouleau
The Great Unknown #1 has probably my most favourite opening to a comic book in my recent memory, and from there an amazing protagonist. Confrontational, egotistical, wearing a freaking “Who is John Galt” t-shirt, I am in love with Duncan Rouleau’s Zach Fled. This series does everything a first issue should: Grabs the reader, forcibly takes them in and, from there, leaves the reader wanting the second issue right now. A warning, while much of the bad language used in The Great Unknown is replaced with things like @ and $$, the book is probably not for the younger ones as much of it will probably fly right over their heads, and not in a redeemable “Shrek is actually a dirty movie” sort of way.
Rouleau is primarily known for his work as an artist for both DC and Marvel Comics, and his art is also a strong point for this issue. I mean, save for one page, the whole thing is blue for some reason I do not understand, but other than this colouring choice, the art is great. The style is fairly cartoonish, which allows for some wonderful stereotyping of people Zach feels the need to be in opposition for. But this itself is played upon with Feld’s parents turning out to be cardboard cut outs. The experience is very cool and I appreciated how Rouleau’s style allows for this moment to be as great as it is. But at the same time, Rouleau’s artistic style allows for his characters to be very expressive in terms of emotion. Wonderful art to match a great story.
9/10 Great art combined with a story that is both highly entertaining and intelligent.
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