Review: Deep Beyond #1 (Image Comics)

A new comic series set 60 years in the future on an unrecognizable Earth and a story filled with mystery and mayhem. 

PLOT AND STORY 

Earth 2085, 85 years after an event which leaves most the planet uninhabitable. Cities become colonies and survive by living in protective domes to stop the polluted air from getting in. People still live within a structured hierarchy as the government appears to make the rules while dealing with rebellious terrorists. I am yet to decide who are the good guys and who are the bad guys but it seems as though this story might not be as clear cut. I take away from the opening issue that the reader might decide who they like based on the perspective of the character and the situation. 

Deep Beyond is a science fiction comic at its core but the story plays out like a thriller mystery as we meet multiple characters with differing agendas. Writers Mirka Andolfo and David Goy have done a great job introducing us to a number of new characters, layering some back story and some big impact events in the opening issue.

ARTWORK

With the look and feel of a science fiction, post apocalyptic horror, Deep Beyond expertly blends real characters living a normal life with horrifying mutated creatures and gruesome, bloody scenes. Andrea Broccardo has created a modern looking comic with pages made up of close up character dialogue panels and page wide splashes of important action.

A few pages which really stood out for me are at the beginning and towards the end as we meet a character called Pam Bell who is in a submarine deep in the north Atlantic Ocean. Here we get a real sense of being confined as some terrors from the deep attempt to attack Pam. Horrible looking creatures with large tentacles can be seen all over the submarine as Pam is scrambling for her life. The colour from Barbara Nosenzo makes every panel on these pages burst to life as the use of light and shade really intensifies the fear.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Deep Beyond has kicked things off with a bang as I for one am invested. A great looking comic with some dark horror moments but it’s the mystery surrounding the different plot points in play and the intriguing characters that will make me come back for issue #2.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic.

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