Kara O'Connor

Comic Review: Deep Gravity #1

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As earthlings continue to mine resources from the mysterious planet Poseidon, danger reaches a tipping point in Deep Gravity #1.

Deep Gravity

Deep Gravity #1
Writers: Mike Richardson, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko
Artist: Fernando Baldo
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 30, 2014

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This Wednesday, Dark Horse Comics will release a sci-fi adventure titled Deep Gravity. The story opens on an engineer, named Paxon, who toils on the exterior of his ship. The vessel is en route to the planet Poseidon and has taken almost three years to get there. Paxon and his crew are part of an ongoing mission to mine resources from the planet and bring them home to Earth. Known for its dangerous terrain, Poseidon is only uninhabitable by humans for three years at a maximum. Any addition to your stay and you can guarantee Poseidon is where you’ll meet your end. Upon arrival, Paxon and the crew are reminded to stick to base and not venture out alone, one of the many safety reminders given on a daily basis. Another reminder is that plant and animal have no distinction on this planet and to be cautious and alert at all times. After only five weeks on the planet and a near death attack on Paxon and his co-worker Greg, the engineer begins to realize the weight of the situation and prepares for the totality of his three years on the deadly planet.

Deep Gravity’s opening was unfortunately very cliché in its use of a well-worn sci-fi plot. Explorers mine a planet for its resources and hope it can save us from our own mistakes. This trope has been used numerous times and I was a bit disappointed in the lack of creativity here. However, Mike Richardson’s story picks up dramatically once we are on the planet of Poseidon. Richardson, president of Dark Horse, is known for his cinematic take on comic books and Deep Gravity falls right in line. Similar to the 1997 cult film Starship Troopers, Deep Gravity creates a vivid yet enigmatic world filled with dangerous alien creatures.  The militant research crews work diligently to study and understand the beings that surround them and struggle to survive on this challenging mission. The dialogue felt a tad forced at times, often with extended amounts of exposition. Still, it remained entertaining and allowed for various moments of true surprise. Fernando Baldo’s art style was very clean and I enjoyed the layout of each panel, revealing more and more of what Posiedon may look like at a ground perspective. The creature design was interesting and I’m hoping for some more unique and crazy species to pop-up in later issues.

All in all, Deep Gravity is a fun adventure that will make you both curious and cautious.


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