Deep Beyond #7
Written by Mirka Andolfo and David Goy
Art by Andrea Broccardo
Colors by Barbara Nosenzo
Letters by Maurizio Clausi
The Rundown: The history of Hermes Rockmorton is explored. The team discuss the activities of their hosts. Jolene has a secret.
Hermes’ backstory is revealed through a series of flashbacks beginning in 1952. In the present, he attempts to complete his original mission. Meanwhile, Jolene and her teammates discuss the differences between Earth and their new home. Later, Paul and Jolene have a revealing conversation. Finally, Hermes is confronted by someone unexpected.
The Story: In this episode, Andolfo and Goy create a directional change in the series. This chapter shifts the overall narrative from dystopian sci-fi mystery, to a commentary on colonialism and historical ignorance. It now asks the question: How do you save a dying society? I was particularly struck by the inhabitants of New Earth’s nonchalant attitude towards Jolene and her friends. I’m interested in finding out whether or not this lack of attention will prove disastrous for that species.
The Art: This issue uses a modern art style. There is an emphasis on facial expression that is very emotionally connective. And the bright and airy color work is very transportive. The shift in tones from previous chapters is palpable. And it derives from the changing landscapes and mood of the characters. Kudos to Broccardo and Nosemzo for their ability to visually capture these new vibes.