Issue: The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh #4 of 4
Release Date: January 27, 2010
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Minck Oosterveer
Colorist: Andres Lozano with Javier Suppa
Cover(s): Erik Jones, Alexander Stojanove with Stephen Downer
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Catherine has cracked another mystery with the help of Doyle (reincarnated in the body of a young boy). With the knowledge of how the seemingly random murders are connected and what the message the victims spelled out comes another mystery: what is the motive of the murderers and the reincarnated soul?
This is the conclusion of this four-parter and I was pretty surprised how much I enjoyed it. I hadn’t been that into the first three issues, but in one fell swoop I was back on this title’s bandwagon.
The entire town is made up of one soul, copied over and over again over the past few decades. Why this one soul isn’t “passing over” isn’t explained, nor why everyone in the town is essentially the same person with the exception of Doyle, but it is revealed that Adriana was sent through the glowy soul wall by someone referred to as “the Boss.” The Devil? Maybe, but we don’t know that for sure.
The really great thing in this issue for me was finding out why/how Catherine survived a year despite having only six months to live. She can’t die, but the tumor is still eating away at her brain. So she’s still on a timeline to unravel all the mysteries she desperately wants to figure out, but she’ll still never figure out that one big mystery of what happens when you die. I expected her to be more upset over this revelation than she was, but that could have been due to the fact that she still had to figure out a way to save all the people Adriana was trying to kill along with herself and Little!Doyle. It might have been the one huge observation that Little!Doyle pointed out to her after they made their way out of that mysterious cave: Catherine wasn’t the only person to handle that key to the door of the afterlife.
So glad that it connected back to the first volume of The Unknown, and eager to read volume 3. Assuming there’s going to be one. There has to be one with an ending like this volume had, right?
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars