Writers: Miaka Andolfo and David Goy, Artist: Andrea Broccardo, Colourist: Barbara Nosenzo.
Paul and his alien friend are in jail after making a deal with Eve that she lets everyone else go. He has one question for her, “how long does this world have?” Meanwhile the others are stranded in the middle of the ocean, Jol is out of air, and things are looking bad when Omeir rescues them. Jol knows there’s only one person who can help them rescue Paul and the Alien, but will he be willing to help her out after she deserted their cause years ago?
We now have 2 issues left after this, and we are finally getting callbacks to earlier issues to explain the situation. Writers Miaka Andolfo and David Goy have taken their time to tell this sci-fi thriller, and things are now starting to make a little bit more sense. We see Jol meet Trent, who is a leader of a terrorist group. Which we now find out was behind the birthday party massacre from the first issue. Trent and Jol have a history and we are briefly told about it. This is one of the biggest flaws of the series for me. Instead of telling the audience about things, we could be shown. Show us the problems between Jol and Trent, show the breakdown of their relationship. In a similar way, we are told about the pollution of the world. This is something else that could have been shown to us. We have had a few issues in the series that have been meandering and feel like filler. There’s so much that could be told in this world that this just feels like a wasted opportunity, which is such a shame for a beautifully drawn series that had so much promise with its premise.
With only 2 issues left I feel like there’s still a lot to cover, so I’m curious to know how they will do it. There’s still a lot of questions that I would like answered. I’m hoping we get the answers to some, but I can’t help but think that we have moved passed things just too quickly. This is a shame, as the pacing just isn’t quite right for me. This can be seen in the opening issue, showing the birthday party massacre. Back then, I was confused about what was happening, as it felt completely disconnected from the story. Eve is told about the person being responsible for it was the President, but then it’s just brushed aside. Now we get to issue 10 and we finally get to see who was behind it and why, which just feels like it's been too long to have much of an impact now.
In a similar vein, we see Omeir again. Now, I thought I recognised him and wanted to double check that it was the same guy who was crushed in the gang's getaway in issue 2. I was right, but still had to go back to confirm. Again, it’s very late to be calling back to things.
The artwork by Andrea Broccardo and colours by Barbara Nosenzo has been outstanding throughout. I am always excited to see underwater scenes. Although this issue gave me a surprise. I love landscapes and what we saw here was a stunning panel that takes up the top of two pages. That depicts a post-apocalyptic New York with an orange sky (I took one for the first picture above). I couldn’t help but stare at it when I got there. So beautiful, it actually made me forget for a moment how deadly the place is, as I started to think how much I would love to be there.
Overall, I’m still enjoying the book but it’s not without its problems. I am curious to see how it’s going to end, and I’m always up to see some more of the beautiful artwork.
Deep Beyond issue 10 will be released from Image Comics on 17th November from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology
Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.