Review: Mass Murder, Monsters, And Matters Of State In ‘Deep Beyond’ #1

‘In an underpopulated future Earth, devastated by the dire consequences of the millennium bug, the survival of mankind—and, maybe, of the planet itself—is handled by a small number of people. Talented scientists who, despite the adverse situation and the stupid feuds that continue to divide the small number of people still alive, try to understand and study what is hidden in the depths of the abyss. Something mysterious and dangerous, which could eventually cause an even worse and more destructive catastrophe! The 100 meets LOW, with a hint of Death Stranding.’

In Deep Beyond #1, it’s 2085, 85 years since an unspecified event destroyed the atmosphere of Earth, creating a barely livable planet and driving humanity into hermetically sealed biodomes. Mass murder, politics, toxic gasses, and pus filled boils. There’s a hell of a lot going on in this first chapter. Trouble is, it all feels like it’s been done, and recently. The pieces are all there. They just don’t fit together very well. 

Mirka Andolfo and David Goy introduce a really interesting semi-futuristic dystopia, with all the bleak horrors that come with that set-up, and then drop it to set off on several other paths that don’t clearly relate to the main thread until the last act brings it back together. I think I kind of see the direction we’re headed, but there may have been a more direct route to get there.

The art of Deep Beyond is probably the best thing about this first chapter. Andrea Broccardo establishes a dynamic visual signature for the series with distinctive character designs, detailed set pieces, and cinematic angles and perspectives.

The inherent challenge with mashing well worn tropes together is that each really has to elevate the other to break away from boilerplate and head into new, uncharted territory. Deep Beyond just doesn’t get there. It feels overly familiar, especially since there are a couple titles on the market currently telling very similar stories.

Deep Beyond #1, Image Comics, 03 February 2021. Written by Mirka Andolfo and David Goy, art by Andrea Broccardo, color by Barbara Nosenzo, letters by Fabio Amelia.

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