The Unsound #1 ComicWow! Review

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It’s Ashli Granger’s first day at a new job, working as a nurse at a mental hospital. It seems like a normal day, until she gets there and things take a weird turn. There are razorblades everywhere, the patients treat her strangely, and she starts to hallucinate (or does she?). Either way, the day turns out to be anything but “normal.”

Cullen Bunn creates a psychological horror story here, in which we don’t really know if we can trust our protagonist. Yeah, she’s a nurse and, at the beginning of the issue, things seem to go smoothly… But seeing as she’s kind of losing it by the middle of her shift, can we really trust anything she does, knows, or sees? How do we know what’s real and what isn’t? Unreliable narrators are a brilliant way to bring a sense of suspense and intrigue to any story, and Bunn uses this tool with ease.

The script brings the concept of mental health as a whole to mind. This is something we don’t usually talk about, but certainly should. Mental health is just as serious and debilitating as physical wellbeing, and should be treated as such. I’m hoping this series will accurately depict mental health in a light that gets rid of some of the stigmas therein.

Jack T. Cole’s artwork definitely has an abstract quality to it, which fits the tone of the story quite perfectly. The line work isn’t the cleanest, the characters are a bit disproportionate, there are a lot of small details, the colors are a bit dull and don’t always fill out the line work. This is, honestly, some of my favorite artwork. Cole plays around with the panel layouts as well, making sure that no matter what, the eye is always busy. Things get darker as we move towards the end of the issue, and it looks stunning. There is actually a lot of movement from panel to panel, and it gets almost cinematic as the issue progresses.

The creative team has done an amazing job on this premiere issue, and I can’t wait to read more! This gorgeous issue comes out tomorrow, so don’t forget to head out to your local comic shop and give it a read!

Written by: Cullen Bunn

Illustrated by: Jack T. Cole