The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of THE DEEP #1 from BOOM! Studios’ kaboom! imprint. Tom Taylor writes, James Brouwer illustrates, and Wolfgang Bylsma letters.
The Nektons are a normal, average family of four – except that they live on an awesome, high-tech submarine so that they can study the oceans. Recently they’ve heard reports of odd gatherings of sea life, and a monster sighting or two. When they investigate, they find the carcass of a blue whale, or at least part of one, bitten clean in half. The youngest, Ant, hops in the mini-sub to check it out, and quickly learns what happened.
Exploration stories are fun and exciting mainly because they have so much in common with mysteries – practically indistinguishable at times. This issue also does some delightful character building, establishing the Nektons as a very likeable family as well as a group of adventurous souls essentially living their dream. And the art really balances the all-ages scope of the story, showing us the happy family as well as the darkness of the ocean.
Will’s talk of the dragons on the old maps really helps set up this story of adventure and exploration in a modern (maybe even a little futuristic) setting. There’s a lot of fun to be had in this book.
~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )