Sinister Bells Are Tolling In The Unsound #5

by Brendan M. Allen

Ashli and the remaining survivors try to escape the asylum before insanity envelops them all. But there are stronger forces that won’t let them leave-forces that will reveal age-old secrets about the Prince of Fools and Ashli’s role in the growing madness.

It’s insanely difficult to get hired as a nurse straight out of nursing school. Many RNs will put in their dues working in a less-than-ideal facility to get the experience and tenure required to get a better position. Saint Cascia is one of those undesirable facilities that isn’t anyone’s first choice. Ashli is a brand new nurse who actually sought out the position because she’s young and naïve enough to believe she can make a difference in a broken system.

Founded in 1816, Saint Cascia ran continuously as an asylum until it was closed in the 80’s for lack of funding. Only just recently re-opened, the facility suffers from improper staffing ratios, overpopulation, and general disrepair. On its own, the situation is pretty creepy. Throw in that the place is haunted, and we have The Unsound.

On Ashli’s very first day, there was a riot that drove many of the patients and staff into the bowels of the hospital. Astonishingly, there’s a whole other functioning asylum under Saint Cascia that doesn’t seem to play by the laws of reality.

In The Unsound #5, the survivors are engaged in forced group therapy, deep in the bowels of Saint Cascia. When Ashli’s turn comes to share, the first big reveal of this chapter comes to light. Ashli’s revelation shocks everyone present, including herself. Her role in this mess is beginning to take shape.

“I…wanted to help. That’s right, isn’t it? I wanted to help them. They were…sick…I was the cause, wasn’t I?”

This chapter is the most unhinged yet. The turns come hard and fast, and don’t let up. Cullen Bunn is in rare form. Many of the seeds Bunn planted in previous chapters have taken root and are starting to bear fruit. Jack Cole’s art continues to be deeply unsettling. I can’t even pinpoint what it is about that dude’s work that makes it so effective here. It just hits on a visceral level.

Chapter five is the turn. The climax. The peak. The moment of knowledge. The bells are tolling. Everything wraps in chapter six. Stay tuned.

The Unsound #5, released on the 25th of October 2017 by Boom! Studios. Written by Cullen Bunn. Art by Jack T. Cole. Letters by Jim Campbell.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It’s a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.