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Deep Beyond Heads Back to Print

Image Comics will rush Deep Beyond by Mirka Andolfo, David Goy, artist Andrea Broccardo, and colorist Barabara Nosenzo back to print in order to keep up with the tidal wave of customer demand. This second printing of Deep Beyond #1 will showcase all-new cover art by Andolfo herself.

Deep Beyond is a 12 issue miniseries set in an underpopulated future Earth where, devastated by the dire consequences of the millennium bug, the survival of mankind rests on the shoulders of 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!

Deep Beyond #1, second printing (Diamond Code DEC209336) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 10.

Deep Beyond #1, second printing

Review: Deep Beyond #1

Deep Beyond #1

I really wanted to like Deep Beyond #1 but something didn’t quite click for me in the debut issue. It might have been the fact we’ve seen this story so many times before, especially recently. It could also be the fact I didn’t care much for the characters. Overall, it’s not a bad debut but the hook and excitement isn’t quite there.

Deep Beyond #1 takes us to a future where disease has ravaged humanity and wild new plants and creatures have spread across the world. A team of scientists has ventured beneath the ocean encountering something and has their communication cut off. A team wants to find out what happened and possibly rescue any survivors. The concepts aren’t bad at all and there are some great visuals to the comic. The issue with this debut is, we’ve seen similar concepts recently and even similar visuals. It doesn’t feel new and fresh but rather derivative and just another entry in a genre and concept that’s getting a bit worn out.

Mirka Andolfo and David Goy handle the story and there’s a lot there to enjoy. The opening of the comic is intriguing and stands out but then is dropped. It introduces us to this world and then the comic goes in another direction. That direction feels like things we’ve seen before and doesn’t stand out.

Deep Beyond #1 opens with a party and a shocking twist where individuals embrace the disease and death, resulting in a mass suicide and murder. These “defeatists” is something that feels new to the post-apocalyptic world. Exploring this concept and idea would be interesting and new and feel appropriate as a reflection on today. There could be a hell of a lot of commentary on the world’s current situation. But, instead, we get a rescue mission that has nothing with that opening. We see giant mutated plants and animals in the world, something that’s not new. We’re teased at a giant monster under the waters, again nothing new. Deep Beyond #1 gives us something interesting then puts it to the side.

Andrea Broccardo‘s art pops on the page with bright neon colors and mutated designs. There’s something uneasy about what’s presented but it also has you hooked to the page. Some of it feels familiar but overall, it’s an interesting world visually. There’s just not enough to really back up those visuals. We see the diseased individuals sprouting neon mushrooms and weird pustules, but details as to the “what” are never there. We’re expected to roll with it and the visuals are enough. The disease is here, just deal with it. That might have worked a decade ago but the “why” is a bit too present in today’s world. It works against the story.

Deep Beyond #1 isn’t a bad comic at all. There’s a lot that’s interesting and as it progresses there might be more to it. But, the first issue doesn’t stand out from the crowd. There are far too many comics out currently with similar concepts. There are even comics that have a similar visual style and color palette. In a time when that wasn’t the case, Deep Beyond #1 might have been one to really notice. But, as is, the comic is outshined by others that are far more interesting and deliver a better hook.

Story: Mirka Andolfo, David Goy Art: Andrea Broccardo
Color: Andrea Broccardo Letterer: Barbara Nosenzo
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Mirka Andolfo, David Goy, Andrea Broccardo, and Barbara Nosenzo Take Us to the Deep Beyond Starting in February 2021

Image Comics has announced that Mirka Andolfo and David Goy will team up with rising star artist Andrea Broccardo and colorist Barabara Nosenzo for the forthcoming 12 issue science fiction series Deep Beyond. This thrilling new adventure is produced by Arancia Studio—the Italian media company which worked on Mirka Andolfo’s bestselling Image Comics titles and with the surprising Commanders in Crisis—and will launch from Image Comics this February. 

Deep Beyond is set in a toxic and underpopulated future Earth, devastated by the dire consequences of the millennium bug, which caused significant disasters and a halt to civilization as we know it. The survival of the whole of mankind—and, maybe, of the planet itself—is handled by a small number of people. 

Here a contingent of talented scientists—despite the adverse situation, and feuds that continue amongst the remaining population—try to understand and study what is hidden in the depths of the abyss. Below may lurk something mysterious and dangerous—even something that could lead to an even more destructive catastrophe.

This intense, sci-fi thriller will project readers into a terrible world yet not very far from ours, with a story full of suspense, mysteries and…fluorescent sea monsters!

Deep Beyond #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 3. 

Deep Beyond #1