Wednesday, October 13, 2021

#IReadsYou Review: DEEP BEYOND #2

IMAGE COMICS/Arancia Studio

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Mirka Andolfo and David Goy
ART: Andrea Broccardo
COLORS: Barbara Nosenzo
LETTERS: Fabio Amelia
DESIGN: Fabrizio Verrocchi
EDITOR: Rossano Bruno
COVER:  Andrea Broccardo with Andrea Meloni
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Mirka Andolfo; Dan Panosian; Marco Checchetto
28pp, Colors, 3.99 U.S. (March 2021)

Rated “T+/Teen Plus”

Deep Beyond created by Mirka Andolfo, David Goy, Andrea Broccardo, and Barbara Nosenzo

Deep Beyond is a new twelve-issue comic book miniseries from writers Mirka Andolfo and David Goy and artist Andrea Broccardo.  Published by Image Comics, Deep Beyond is a science fiction comic book that follows a small group of people trying to discover what is hidden in an abyss.  Colorist Barbara Nosenzo and letterer Fabio Amelia complete the creative team.

It is the year 2085 on Earth.  The planet has been devastated by the dire consequences of the “millennium bug” (December 31st, 2000?).  A small number of people, mostly talented scientists, work to ensure the survival of mankind.  Now, Jolene leads a mission to rescue one of those scientists, her twin sister, Pamela Bell, and Pamela's colleague and ex-lover, Dr. Paul Bailey, has joined the mission.  What the survivors don't know is that there is something worse in the deep beyond.

As Deep Beyond #2 opens, Jolene and Paul are on the run from a marine monster.  Luckily, Jolene's compatriots come to the rescue, only to find themselves in peril from this seemingly unbeatable beast of many tentacles.

Now, on to getting equipped for the rescue of Pamela Bell.  Will the equipment work?  And do the rescuers know that someone powerful is willing to kill them to stop them?

THE LOWDOWN:  Thanks to a PDF copy for review of Deep Beyond #1, I had my first Mirka experience.  I had seen writer-artist Mirka Andolfo's name around for the past several years, but I had not read any of her work, including her other Image Comics series, Mercy.

Andolfo does not draw Deep Beyond.  The art team is comprised of illustrator Andrea Broccardo (Star Wars: Doctor Aphra) and colorist Barbara Nosenzo, and this artist-colorist team is delivering some absolutely gorgeous work on Deep Beyond.  In the first issue, their work bares the naked truth about Deep Beyond's dystopian future:  things are really, f*****g screwed up.  Broccardo creates the bleakness and Nosenzo's colors create the terror, but in this second issue, the team draws exciting action scenes with beautiful illustrations and vivid colors.  It's a dark future, from an eye candy point of view.

Co-writers Andolfo and David Goy threw a lot of narrative curve balls at the readers in the first issue.  In Deep Beyond #2, the writers offer straightforward action and provide more insight into the characters.  Yes, the story is still unclear about all the adversaries and about what awaits the rescue mission, but Andolfo and Goy are good at keeping us intrigued.  I think I want more, dear readers, and maybe you will to.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Mirka Andolfo will want to go Deep Beyond.

8 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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