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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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Radiant Black #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Black Hammer: Visions #1 (Dark Horse) – The world of Black Hammer opens up with guest creators. Should be a lot of fun to see what others do with the characters and world.

Casual Fling #1 (AWA Studios) – An affair leads to torment from a mysterious stalker.

Children of the Grave #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue ended with a hell of a cliffhanger. Who’s the mysterious “Mother”?

Eternals #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic as the classic characters get a bit of an update and reintroduction to the masses before their film drops.

Freiheit: The White Rose Graphic Novel (Plough Publishing House) – The story of the White Rose, an undercover resistance movement in Nazi Germany.

Ginseng Roots #8 (Uncivilized Comics) – The series exploring Craig Thompson’s life around the ginseng community continues to focus on the generations involved and the changing market.

Mapmaker #1 (Scout Comics/Scoot Comics) – Any map he creates comes to life, a power highly desired by King Gus, who will stop at nothing to obtain it.

Morbius: Bond of Blood #1 (Marvel) – A film is coming from Sony so we’re interested in seeing what Marvel does with the character.

Orcs #1 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – Bog and his crew venture out into the world to seek their fortune, and hopefully find their way back home again.

Parenthesis (IDW Publishing/Top Shelf) – A memoir about the creator’s experience with tumor-related epilepsy-losing herself, and finding herself again.

Radiant Black #1 (Image Comics) – A new superhero series coming out of Image, Kyle Higgins, and Marcello Costa. With Higgins writing, we’re really intrigued to see where this all goes.

Rorschach #5 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – As a crime/political thriller comic, it’s been great so far.

Scarenthood #4 (IDW Publishing) – A horror series focused on parents attempting to solve the mystery of the haunted school their kids go to. It’s been an interesting one so far that’s perfect for parents into horror.

Scout’s Honor #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue shook up the whole belief structure the Ranger Scouts have been built on. What will the second issue bring?

Space Bastards #2 (Humanoids) – The first issue was over the top violence in this sci-fi postal service adventure.

Undiscovered Country #12 (Image Comics) – This series has kept us on the edge of our seat. You never know what to expect with each issue which gets us excited to see what’s next.

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Maniac of New York #1

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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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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Transformers: Beast Wars #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Avengers: Mech Strike #1 (Marvel) – The Avengers face a big threat and decide to suit up in Mechs. It sounds like a toy tie-in and it sounds completely silly. We’re in.

Chained to the Grave #1 (IDW Publishing) – A tail of intrigue, murder, magic, and the wild, wild, west! Westerns in comics have been rare lately, so we’re always interested in checking out a new one.

Deep Beyond #1 (Image Comics) – Humanity has been devastated by a disease and a small group of scientists studies the hidden depths of the abyss. Something there may be even more destructive!

Far Sector #10 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The truth begins to be revealed!

Fear Case #1 (Dark Horse) – Two Secret Service agents attempt to track down the Fear Case which appears throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy.

Future State: Harley Quinn #2 (DC Comics) – Wrapping up the series, the first issue was a neon-infused interesting take on Harley and this second issue delivers the endgame in her situation.

Future State: Swamp Thing #2 (DC Comics) – Humanity has been rediscovered but what does that mean for Swamp Thing ans his people?

Legend of Shang-Chi #1 (Marvel) – With a big movie coming, Marvel is upping the amount of comics starring Shang-Chi. We’re up to seeing what each creative team does with him, especially after the recent miniseries reworking his origin a bit and taking on the problematic aspects of his past.

Luna #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A hippie cult whose leader claims to have met the divine, secret blood rituals, power drugs and sex… yeah, we’re intrigued.

Man-Bat #1 (DC Comics) – A character that has come and gone as far as the spotlight. We get a new take on the character delivering a tragic other side of the coin to Batman.

Maniac of New York #1 (AfterShock) – A masked slasher stalks New York City. He’s inhuman, unkillable, and unstoppable. So, the authorities decided to ignore him. When he returns to kill, two disgraced cops decide to attempt to destroy him.

Redemption #1 (AWA Studios) – A despot rules a town with an iron fist after the apocalypse. A legendary gunslinger is asked to come out of retirement to help save a young girl’s mother.

Sea of Sorrows #3 (IDW Publishing) – The horror series has been great setting up tension and we’re back for more.

The Shepherd #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – A Professor becomes convinced he can rescue his son’s wandering soul.

Specter Inspectors #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A group of ghost hunters, the comic sounds like the fun goofiness that the television shows on the topic bring.

Star Wars Adventures: The High Republic #1 (IDW Publishing) – The new Star Wars setting has been interesting so far and we want to see what else spins out of it.

Teddy (Dead Reckoning) – A graphic novel about the life of Teddy Roosevelt.

They Fell From the Sky #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A teenage kid meets an alien and must balance his day-to-day life and prevent an interplanetary war.

Transformers: Beast Wars #1 (IDW Publishing) – The beloved comic series gets a comic celebrating 25 years!

The Walking Dead Deluxe #8 (Image Comic/Skybound) – The series has been fascinating to read again in the age of COVID. A great way to experience the comic for the first time or good excuse to return and experience it again.

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
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