Comic Review: Deep Beyond #1 (Image Comics)

Under the ocean, where the suits are wet ones, there is the Deep Beyond. Issue #1 is washing in to shore. Deep Beyond, an Image title, (coordinated with the Arancia […]

Under the ocean, where the suits are wet ones, there is the Deep Beyond. Issue #1 is washing in to shore.

Deep Beyond, an Image title, (coordinated with the Arancia imprint in Italy) is written by Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural, Mercy) and David Goy.

It’s the future, and the planet’s survival is in the hands of a small number of scientists. Deep in the Atlantic Ocean, off the eastern seaboard of the US, a young woman’s submersible is in trouble. But above on land, plagues, deep feuds, anarchy, and squabbling are keeping tensions high and interfering with any rescue attempts or even constructive dialogue.

The overall plot is commendable, but I was confused about what was going on. There were a lot of ‘spinning plates’ in mid-air, and quite a few characters to keep track of. It’s a bit difficult to understand who the good guys are here, and who is a bad person, and who to ‘care’ about. Enough with the bickering, guys!!

Artist Andrea Broccardo (Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Empyre: X-Men) and colourist Barbara Nosenzo (The Ballad of Halo Jones) stay compressed and maneuver smoothly around the story obstacles, but at times there is so much happening, the faces, the colours are shifting and interchanging so dramatically that we long for a break in the action.

This title could go either way in the future: continually spinning new subplots and scenarios and getting deeper and deeper into deep water, or righting itself and heading to a solid-state of multileveled excellence.

Image, Deep Beyond #1, $3.99 for 25 pages, Teen +

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