For Immediate Release:



May 21st, 2009, Los Angeles – Mark Waid’s THE UNKNOWN #1 has sold out — in only one week!  Since hitting store shelves on May 13th, 2009 the tremendous buzz from great reviews have resulted in a blow out of the initial print run of the latest series from Mark Waid and BOOM! Studios. BOOM! will be immediately sending THE UNKNOWN #1 back to the presses for a second print to meet demand.

Fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comics Distributors is completely sold out, first printings of THE UNKNOWN #1 may still be available at direct market retailers across the country. 

BOOM! Studios and Diamond Comics Distributors are making the second printing of THE UNKNOWN #1 available for retailers to order immediately, as they did with Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE.

THE UNKNOWN second print (APR098087) features a black-and-white variant of Paul Pope’s cover for issue #1, and will hit store shelves late-June.

Since the release of THE UNKNOWN #1, critics across the internet have raved:

“If you like stories in the same vein as FRINGE, this is definitely a comic worth picking up. This is another great start to an engaging mini-series.” — Fandomania

“For those of you who remember RUSE, which was sort of a Sherlock Holmes character in the Victorian age, this might be the book for you.” — iFanboy

“This is a nifty comic, and we can probably trust Waid to do a good job with it. I’m looking forward to the rest of it.” — Comics Should Be Good

“…there’s a lot to recommend this issue, not least of all Waid’s snarky dialogue and wonderfully atmospheric art by Minck Oosterveer.” —

“This is another winner from BOOM… A fast paced adventure that starts at page one and leaves you looking for page 1 in issue #2″ — Comics And…

“Dutch artist Mink Oosterveer has a creative and exciting artistic style… This is another great new book from BOOM! Studios, so check it out.” — Trash Cookies

“THE UNKNOWN marks another good first issue for a new series for the publisher… Definitely give this book a shot…” — The Quarter Bin

“… a solid start that ends with an intriguing mystery…” — CBR

“The reaction to THE UNKNOWN has been incredible,” said BOOM! Studios Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher, “It’s refreshing to see the market can support a non super-hero book in this fasion. If you haven’t gotten on board for this mini-series yet, you are missing out!” 

In THE UNKNOWN Waid brings us the smartest person alive, Catherine Allingham, the world’s most famous private investigator. Follow her adventures as she sets out to solve the one mystery she’s never been able to crack! THE UNKNOWN is a new original mini-series in the vein of RUSE with international superstar Minck Oosterveer. THE UNKNOWN issue #1 sports covers by Paul Pope and Erik Jones.

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios ( is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry’s biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM! Kids, with Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney’s THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.