Review: Deep State #3

deep state 3I was never really so much into the X-Files.  The concept behind it was interesting enough to me, as I was a big fan of Unsolved Mysteries as a child, especially the portions dealing with the unexplained, but when it came to X-Files, there was just something about it that didn’t appeal to me.  I have maybe seen two or three episodes at most in my life, and so when the new series Deep State from BOOM! Studios promised itself to be a new take on the conspiracies genre with a format very similar to X-Files, it did not immediately appeal to me.  I had a look at the first issue because I was nonetheless interested in it, and read the second as well after the curiosity was still enough from the first issue to bring me back for more, but now by the third issue, I can say that I am now hooked on this series.

The story so far has followed the same concept as introduced in the first issue, that of moon landings being partially staged, especially after what was found there.  Finally this malevolent force has found its way back to Earth and has taken over a small town.  The two heroes of the story are forced to deal with this on their own as running is no longer an option and as reinforcements are still faraway.  In so doing they are trapped in a town with all of the residents acting together, in a setup similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers or the Midwich Cuckoos.  So far in this series the development of the two main characters has been a bit slow and deliberate, which has worked, but as the action all of a sudden goes to full blast, so too do the characters come out of their shells and show themselves as capable of holding this series together if they continue to be written in the same way.

Thus far, everything in this series has been a subtle twist on all of the other conspiracy sci-fi stories that have come before, though enough of a twist to make the entire endeavor seem to be original.  The same holds true here as the characters find themselves facing something which has not been seen before, at least not is such a way, and the characters are original enough in their own way to be a draw as well.  With already rumors of a television deal in the works and with the consistent quality, this is a series that fans might want to get into now, so that they can claim that they were reading it before it went mainstream.

Story: Justin Jordan  Art: Ariela Kristantina
Story: 8.8  Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review