Boom! Studios have announced a new series debuting in June from Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole. Bunn is one of the busiest folks in comics right now, with a long and lauded run on Harrow County from Dark Horse and writer on the recently concluded first arc of Monsters Unleashed from Marvel. If you spot a trend, yes it’s clear that Bunn loves horror, monsters, and things psychologically gripping. Hearing he’s working on another thriller-style series from Boom is welcome news. Jack T. Cole is a newcomer to comics, but as you can see from this teaser art, he’s got an original and interesting visual voice and this could make for a great read.
The Unsound is going to feature Ashli, “a young woman caught in the middle of a strange supernatural conspiracy” which is set to present “a much more terrifying version of our world than she ever imagined”. Right. That sounds compelling.
To get more in depth:
Ashli’s first day as a nurse at Saint Cascia Psychiatric Hospital turns into a nightmare as a bloody riot sends her fleeing into the bowels of the hospital. As this unsettling descent takes her to a hellish world populated by lunatics and monsters, cloaked in a secret history of black magic and heinous scientific experiments, she’s forced to ask one horrifying question: Is there such a thing as sanity?
Wow. Cullen Bunn seems to have actually built on his usual penchant for dwellers in the dark. This could be quite a radical jumping off point, reminiscent of books like Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt’s Clean Room and Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s Nameless.
The Unsound is a surreal, scary story, full of chilling encounters and haunting experiences, and it delves deep into the nature of reality, perception and insanity. It’s territory that I find myself drawn to frequently, and in many ways, this is a sister series to The Empty Man. Here, though, we’re exploring a new landscape and developing a new horrific mythos.
Jack T. Cole seems like he’s happy to follow along on such endeavors. He says, “As an artist, working with Cullen Bunn’s creative genius for horror offers up many exciting opportunities to visually explore the genre. Their series editor at Boom, Eric Harburn, calls the book “A cerebral, unsettling tale of an asylum on the brink of hysteria”.
Nice. Well, get ready to sleep with your lights on in June. Good to know the summer will bring us some new horror to haunt our dreams.