Writer – Justin Jordan
Artist – Ariela Kristantina
Colours – Ben Wilsonham
Letterer – Ed Dukeshire
Summary – John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Some of these are innocuous. Some of them are monstrous beyond reason. And most of the time, they go as expected and the public is never the wiser. Most of the time. John Harrow’s job is to handle them when things go wrong, and do anything to make sure the government’s secrets stay just that—secret.
Review – If there was ever to be a dark crossover between Men In Black and Crime Scene Investigation then Deep State seems to be the ideal candidate. This first issue which follows the adventures of John Harrow as he attempts to keep governmental secrets under wraps and a young blonde woman (Branch) who is recruited in the opening pages.
The amount of information given in Deep Space #1 is enough to get the reader enticed without being overly busy or dull. The main story of this issue involves a creature that is revealed to have fallen from the sky and both the creature itself and the backstory that surrounds it is suitably creepy. Not much information is given on our two protagonists, Harrow and Branch, but i imagine this will change in further issues.
The artwork for Deep Space #1 is quite dark and this both suits and compliments the accompanying story. Kristantina and Wilsonham have managed to create an art style which is wonderfully detailed in some parts and yet dark and foreboding in others
Overall – Deep State #1 is a wonderful new dark, sci-fi series which has both a compelling story and great artwork to accompany it. If it keeps to the standard of this first issue then it could become a great favourite among horror or sci-fi fans.