Writers: Miaka Andolfo and David Goy, Artist: Andrea Broccardo, Colourist: Barbara Nosenzo.
Paul, Jolene, and Lucas, along with their new friend (the droid-looking human who knows a lot about everything) pass through this strange portal and are automatically greeted by an amphibian race. Held captive in technologically advanced prisons, they discuss the ways in which they could escape. However, they hear rumblings of another human being held on this strange world. Is it Pam? Also how does the president always find out about their situation? Maybe they have a traitor in their midst.
Just short of halfway through this series, it has gone from an underwater mystery to full blown sci-fi. This to me is a little strange, as I had expectations after the first few issues of what kind of direction we are going in, but now with a genre change it has gotten a little more confusing. As I’ve stated in previous reviews, I was expecting a mystery set around the ocean in a more updated version of Bioshock (2007, 2k games). The drastic change has put it in comparison to either Stargate or Star Trek. Now although in two very different mediums, it reminds me of the issues surrounding Donnie Darko (Kelly, 2001) as this was advertised as horror. Yet the final film was a psychological thriller with time travel themes. Due to this vastly different film compared to the trailer, the film subsequently flopped. Deep Beyond to me was suggesting one thing and now has transformed into another. So for this, I would be curious about how many people have dropped the title or picked it up due to this difference.
Another problem I have with this issue is that not much happens. There is very little here to improve or progress the story, so it feels just a little shallow. Which as I’ve stated before, is such a shame because the original premise of the story is fantastic and has great world building. I really think the history of what happened would have been the better story to tell. I really do hope that Miaka Andolfo and David Goy can progress the story a little more during the next issue to having some answers about the government, Pam, and how this is all tied together. Otherwise people may start to lose interest, being halfway into the series and more questions are raised without any answers.
Contrary to that, we have some of the best-looking art (that’s not part of a water feature) of the series. Andrea Broccardo and Barbara Nosenzo’s collaboration looks the best it has been. I love the above panel that shows the shock and awe on Jolene’s face when she sees where she is. Along with that, the first picture I picked is an example of the amphibious creature: Stunningly beautifully yet still not something you’d ever want to see in real life.
Overall, the slowing of the story is getting to me as well is the change in genre. However, the original idea was so good and the art is always at such a high standard, I still am curious about the endgame. So I will be continuing on, but I feel it is losing the spark it did have at the beginning.
Deep Beyond #5 was released from Image comics on 2nd June from your local comic shop as well as comixology