The Unexpected #2

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Cary Nord Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 4, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 9
7.4Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Ruthless Thanagarian dictator Onimarr Synn arrives on Earth with his army to pick the planet apart in search of the vibro-active Nth Metal. The Unexpected will have to collect themselves after the cataclysmic events of the first issue, discover their true connection to the Dark Multiverse and travel across the DC Universe to stop Synn's rampage.

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Jul 5, 2018

    Serving as a revealing look into the man known as Neon The Unknown, this is one beautifully hip addition to the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - James L. Sarandis Jul 10, 2018

    One highlight is the introduction of two new classic characters to replace the casualties from issue 1. I think the next will be better than this one, but and I'm still pretty excited to get there. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 3, 2018

    The Unexpected #2 is a strong follow-up to the best debut of any New Age of DC Heroes title. It invests well in many of the key qualities of strong superhero comics action, absurdity, character development, continuity nods, and plot twists. Put simply, this series is one of the more exciting original properties at either Big 2 publisher in recent years. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan F. Hodgdon Jul 10, 2018

    The New Age of DC Heroes has produced some solid books thus far, but it feels like The Unexpected is the most "DC" of them all; the entire DC Universe is open for the book's characters to explore, with space enough for its reality-bending action. It feels closer to Orlando's work on his Midnighter books than anything else he's done, and it allows Nord to exercise the distinct artistic muscles he used for Conan and Iron Man at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jul 4, 2018

    Still not sure where the book is going, and still not bothered by that in the slightest. Which is basically the best I could wish for from a series called The Unexpected. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Jul 5, 2018

    THE UNEXPECTED #2 largely suffers from some issues of clarity. The way it handles its world-building and character development is rather brilliant, and the art by Cary Nord is some of the best in the industry. However, Orlando's focus on the strangeness of this story gives way to a sometimes confusing and erratic plot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Brandon Davis Jul 4, 2018

    With the heroes relegated to hiding out, a catastrophic loss of hope helps fuel an interesting narrative for the heroes as the larger story seems to just be awakening. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Ryan Perry Jul 4, 2018

    The Unexpected is a concept that I desperately want to love. The first issue was really fun. I enjoy the main characters immensely, especially as we learn more about them in The Unexpected #2. The plot seems to be well paced. It feels as if it's careening towards a destination. The only issue is, the art can't carry this story. The things happening in this story are so big and exciting that anything other than the grandest art would weigh it down. It's hard to feel magic when what is drawn is mediocre. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Keith OneShot Jul 4, 2018

    Ultimately I'm intrigued by this story enough that I want to see where it's going as a series. I like how they're using some of the fun, wacky and way out there concepts from Dark Nights Metal in a new way. I think the artwork throughout the book is very well done: consistent and doesn't abuse the use of splash panels. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 4, 2018

    The book feels very dense, almost impenetrable at points, and it doesn't help how fast it throws us into the middle of the events. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Jul 4, 2018

    After an intriguing and bombastic first issue, this one is at least partly the inevitable catching of breath, a pause that unfortunately allows Orlando to indulge his worst instincts for clunky dialogue and exposition that is rushed when it could be more leisurely and ponderous when it could be lighter on its feet. The absence of Sook is a problem. Nord and von Grawbadger are good artists, but the dip in quality is noticeable. These new characters remain interesting and reasonably well-developed, but the story needs to pick itself back up and get moving again. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Fortress of Solitude - George Chrysostomou Jul 4, 2018

    There are better DC titles out there. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Jul 5, 2018

    This comic is going to take a little while to get going, but I am a patient man so it's okay. I know that something this unique will definitely be worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 9, 2018

    Very difficult to follow, with art that inconsistently ranges from lovely to blah. I'm not entirely sure I want more of this book. Read Full Review

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