DEEP BEYOND #1
In the future, the world is run by the chosen few. The citizens live in domed colonies and live fearing the outside. What is outside that is so scary, well no one knows, except for one scientist that might have stumbled upon something so huge that it may cost her life?
After a cataclysmic event that leaves the world in a dystopian setting run only by a chosen few who “have the citizen’s best interest,” and everyone seems to live in sealed domes protecting them from the outside. What is out there? We don’t know, and that is the beautiful thing about Deep Beyond it is full of so much mystery surrounding its plot and characters that Mirka Andolfo and David Goy really shine with their writing and setting the stage for not only future issues but with the first page the reader is thrown into this mysterious world and champing at the bit for answers.
What is Recollection Day, and how did we get to this point? Was Pam set up to go on her expedition? So many questions derived from a first issue that was really well done and a great example of how to set up for future issues but also has the reader hook, line, and sinker. Along with this issue being a great set-up piece, there is a massive feeling of hopelessness, fear of the unknown, and desperation that radiates from the characters. Whether it’s the beginning with Pam, the attack, or the big reveal at the end, guaranteeing the reader will take up the cause with one of these well thought out characters.
Complementing the wonderful story is the great art that is laid down by Andrea Broccardo and Barbara Nosenzo. What I really enjoy about the art of this book is the fact that the simplicity of it matches perfectly with the pacing of the story. For instance, in the opening sequence, we see Pam in distress, and then we see what appears to some sort of sea creature. Is it? We don’t know, and again the art matches the pacing, keeping the reader on their toes while planting the seed of fear. Fear of the unknown is a powerful weapon, and this whole creative team wields like a hardened warrior!
Deep Beyond #1 at times has a Ridley Scott meets David Lynch vibe. The superb storytelling of Scott and the unknown surrealism of Lynch (I feel) is present on every page of this book. Even if you’re not a fan of science fiction, there is still one hell of a thriller-mystery story to be told and not to be missed. This book was super fun and I can’t wait to see what is in store for these characters. Especially Eve!
DEEP BEYOND #1: There’s Something in the Water
Writing - 8/10
Storyline - 9/10
Art - 8/10
Color - 8/10
Cover Art - 9/10
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