The Unknown is the start of another high concept mystery series by editor-in-chief Mark Waid. And much like Potter’s Field, which I reviewed last week, it’s a great idea for a series, that’s just in need of a slightly greater case to make it work, hopefully in the inevitable volume 2.
The Unknown focusing on Cat Allingham, a Sherlock Holmes by way of Warren Ellis figure with an insatiable need to prove how the world functions. Only problem is she has an inoperable brain tumor that will kill her within six months, and which is tormenting her with constant hallucination, making her deductive skills useless. Thus she is forced to rely on James Doyle, an ex-bouncer with a knack for picking up on the tells of those around him.
This book chronicles their first case together, as well as the start of Cat’s obsession with investigating the possibility of an afterlife. The object of their case is a scale developed by a pair of quantum physicists that may be precise enough to measure the existence of the soul.
The story doesn’t really provide any answers however, which shouldn’t really be surprising given the title. This proves to be a mystery story about mysteries and not about solving them, which is an approach I like a great deal. All in all a decent start to this series and I expect great things in the future.