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 In Chasing the Dragon , New York Times Bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons. When two young slaves discover a terrible secret that could change the course of the world, will a meek alchemist’s apprentice and a drug-addled concubine survive long outside their cages? For fans of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad . CHASING THE DRAGON Writer: Denton J. Tiption  Artist: menton3 Publisher: Heavy Metal Release: Feb. 26, 2021  Order Here

REVIEW: "Undiscovered Country' #3 by Charles Soule, Scott Snyder, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Matt Wilson

The expedition undertakes a desperate attempt to rescue a member of the team from the Destiny Man's strange caravan city. Success or certain doom hinges on Americana expert Ace Kenyatta, PhD-what he knows about the new lands...and what he doesn't.


Writer: Charles Soule, Scott Snyder
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli &
Daniele Orlandini
Colors by Matt Wilson
Letters by CRANK!
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: January 15, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★★ (5/5)

QUICK REVIEW: With such a creative and expansive premise, 'Undiscovered Country' could be unwieldy given the number of characters involved. A selective group of scientists and experts enter the USA after it shuttered itself from the world for over thirty years. Now, with the group on the inside, it's a race against time to find a cure for a worldwide pandemic if they can survive. Each member has their own backstory and voice that needs to be presented. It was one of the things I pointed out last month that perhaps while it was necessary to depict these dialogue-heavy conversations it may bog down the overall storytelling. 

In this issue, Charles Soule and Scott Snyder smartly focus on one of the characters, Ace Kenyatta, to flesh out his place on this team. It's the perfect antidote to trying to do much to give balance to the group dynamics. There are much-needed flashbacks that illustrate his expertise and just how he got invited. All the while, the story switches back to the present day and the mission at hand. The writers find a nice groove in pacing and letting Ace show his competence. 

The art team of Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, and Matt Wilson continue to do extraordinary work. The pacing, the detail, the overall command of tone and design is some of the best you'll ever see in comics. It's frankly amazing how the panels are spaced to accommodate the sometimes plentiful word balloons that Crank! cranks out. 

This is easily the best issue so far in the series because it handles so many things so well while advancing the story and building on the characters. Combined with exceptional art, 'Undiscovered Country' is finding its groove in telling one epic story.