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Unthinkable #2 – Review

By Mark Sable  (writer), Julian Totino (pencils, inks), Juan Manuel Tumburus (colors)

The Story: Alan Ripley tries to put a band-aid over the bullet hole as the insane ideas he concocted about doomsday scenarios come to fruition. He and the remaining members of the think-tank try to prevent a new terrorist attack but find themselves irrevocably caught in the web of the perpetrators they had tried to snare.

What’s Good: The story has a lot of fuel to it and moves along at a pace that matches its explosiveness. Both writer and artists do their job in delivering us the goods. Mark Sable does a good job of instilling the sense of chaos that has gripped his created world into the reader; andJulian Totino’s art captures this degraded sense of chaotic reality. The overall tone provided in this book is strong and consistent.

What’s Not So Good: The fact  that this issue had a weak and confusing plot and this helped  to confirm my initial theory about this series, which is,  that it relies on sensationalism. The terrorist attacks that are the setting– and really, the pull for this series– are a little cheap in the sense that Sable just takes every fear, prediction, warning, and danger we’ve experienced since 9/11 and throws them into the story with no clear idea for direction or meaning. Its like a Michael Bay independent, art comic book.

Conclusion: Being that this issue is half way through the whole series, I’m willing to give Sable the benefit of the doubt that he will tell us a good story here and that he has a clear exist strategy to wrap up this tale. In the end, this series serves as a good representation of comics being good without having to rely on the supernatural or the super-powered.

Grade: B-

-Rob G.

Weekly Comic Book Review’s Top Picks

Ray’s Top Picks

Best Of The Past Week: Batman and Robin #1 – It’s good to see a good Grant Morrison story again; and it’s always a treat to see Frank Quitely’s work.

Most Anticipated For This Week: Batman #687 – I’m banking on another week of a good Batman book. Also, you heard it here first, Judd Winick could possibly be the next best Batman writer (read Batman #634, and you’ll see why).

Other Top Picks: Action Comics #878, Red Robin #1, Green Lantern Corps #37, Flash: Rebirth #3 , Uncanny X-Men #511, Unwritten #2

Kyle’s Top Picks

Best Of The Past Week: Batman and Robin #1 – A very good start to what looks to be a very good series… And this is coming from a loyal True Believer.

Most Anticipated For This Week: Unwritten #2 – I’ve been counting down the days for this issue since I finished the series debut…

Other Top Picks For This Week: A Red Mass for Mars #3, The Walking Dead #62,  Hack/Slash #23, Deadpool #11, Witchblade/Darkness/Angelus: Blood on Sands

Rob’s Top Picks

Best Of The Past Week: Batman and Robin #1- Best book of the week and possibly the best first issue of a series since Four Eyes #1. Definitely a classic in the making, but at the same time, I’m a little apprehensive about the fact that Frank Quietly isn’t manning the helm through all 12 issues.

Most Anticipated For This Week: Beta Ray Bill Godhunter: #1. I’m a sucker for anything Silver Surfer and Galactus oriented. Plus, I really like what Marvel has done with Beta Ray Bill lately.

Other Top Picks For This Week: Amazing Spider-Man #597, Buck Rogers #1, Fantastic Four #567, Flash Rebirth #3, Green Lantern Corps #37, Uncanny X-Men #511, Unknown #2, Unwritten #2, Wolverine #74, Walking Dead #62, War of Kings Savage World of Skaar, Unthinkable #2

DS’s Top Picks

Best of the Past Week: Batman and Robin #1 – Even though I was a bit put off by Grayson’s relative flatness, I’m still hopeful that this is a part of his personal development as he settles into the big chair. Pus, the art was really fantastic.

Most Anticipated For This Week: R.E.BE.L.S. #5 – I can’t wait to see what Dox does next.

Other Top Picks: Red Robin #1, Titans #14, Action Comics #878, Batman #687, Uncanny X-Men #511, Uncanny X-Men: First Class GS Special #1.


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