Yes, Mark Sable was detained by HLS


Unthinkable is one mind trip of a series, the kind I’ve come to expect from Boom! Studios. For those tuning into the late night conspiracy radio programs, or trolling around the conspiracy boards, the doomsday scenarios spelled out in this series don’t come as a surprise.  What does make this issue different is how Mark Sable is able to make all of them fit together into the ultimate end of days book.

unthinkable3cover.jpgI am familiar with the scenarios that Sable spells out in this series, but even then, after reading the latest installment, my paranoia level has increased to the point where it does give me an additional moments pause wonder how close the nut jobs are to pulling everything off.

This issue finds the remaining members of the Think Tank, the group of people who originally dreamed up these scenarios, being tortured in Egypt for putting a partial stop to the oil microbe crisis from last issue.  Because of the duration of the series, there is an interesting escape and flight to Jerusalem where the group attempts to stop a suitcase nuke from taking down the Dome of the Rock.  The writing has to be fast paced and jumpy to make sure all the plot points of the issue are revealed, but there are times when it moves so quickly, one might forget who is who and what is what.

There is certainly some suspension of disbelief that needs to happen, as the motley crew seem to do some impossible things that don’t match their backgrounds.  It works in this series because this should be read like a big Michael Bay summer action blockbuster, mixed in with a bit of Ron Howard thriller plots. There is a lot of action taking place as the group members try to figure out what the heck is going on.  For some reason, even though the Think Tank knows what’s going to happen next, the flight from one location to another, while trying to figure out who is ultimately pulling the strings feels a lot like a Hitchcock film.

Sable nails dialogue, and as I mentioned previously, the action is perfect for this espionage thriller.  I only wish there was time and space to decompress and let readers catch their breath.  The issue read so quickly (a good thing) that by the time I reached the final page, I was expecting at least three more pages of story.

While I like Julian Totino Tedesco’s art a lot more in this issue, there were a couple of times where I couldn’t tell one character from the another, which added a slight layer of confusion to the story.  What does seem to happen, is that whatever crisis that the Think Tank is going up against, the member that thought the scenario up takes the forefront of the story and his/her features make the character stand out more.  Other than that, the complaints I had last issue seem to have faded into something that continues to work.

Unthinkable is still a series that is going strong, and unlike other series that hit the doldrums come issues 3 and 4, this issue continues to pack the action and tell an engaging story throughout.  Unthinkable earns 4 out of 5 Stars this time out.



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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

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