The Deep #1 – Review
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: James Brouwer
For those of us of a certain age the vast oceans were a part of our television youth. Yes, among the many channels to choose from (we had four) we were lucky to find among the infinite variety of programs (slight exaggeration) one show that, honestly, did hold us in rapt attention. The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau was a staple for most kids my age back then, and we watched it with a rather befuddled curiosity. Here was a man who had dedicated his life to understanding, exploring, and teaching about the world under the surface of the sea. Yes, in the time of the Apollo missions, a French man lassoed our attention and bound us to the curiosity of the deep.
I think this is why I felt a smile curving my lips as I read this first issue. The Nekton family is analogous to monsieur Cousteau and their submarine, The Aronnax, reminds me of an underwater Calypso. My favorite episodes dealt with the stranger creatures found under the waves, and this is where The Deep lassoed that young imagination stuck way in the back of my mind and held it tightly. Sea lore and adventure, dragons, lost worlds and all sorts of curiosities still hold a special place for me.
Tom Taylor and James Brouwer touch upon something primal in all of us, the curiosity of the deep, the unknown, and the quest for the adventure of discovery. With a story that wonderfully captures the dialogue between young siblings, as well as their parents, amidst a swirling backdrop of ocean that never fails to please the eye, it is no wonder this series was turned into a Netflix program a few years ago. The story moves along at a fast pace, but not so fast that one thinks something is missing. It is a comfortable pace, and the renderings of the characters is a pleasing animation style that allows one to seep into the story and become part of it.
Boom Studios has a sure-fire winner on their hands with this six-issue mini-series, and I am definitely adding it to my pull list. After all, it’s their fault my youthful curiosity was once again piqued and is hungry for adventure!