Deep Gravity #3 is a very exciting issue; it’s also very forgettable. A small group of survivors are stuck where literally everything is against them: fire on one end, monsters on the other, and space all around them. One wrong move and they run out of oxygen, or their blood literally boils, or they are impaled by debris, or they float off into nothingness. Space is terrifying and not really compatible with human life, making every moment tense with the possibility of a horrific end. One by one members of the group are picked off, and it’s entirely the luck of the draw.
The writers capture the dangers of space, but have a harder time developing characters. They’ve managed to write out interesting situations, a unique setting, and an exciting plot; but when it comes to individual characters, there isn’t much to hold on to. Up until this issue, I thought Paxon and Drummond were the same person.
Issue three is an improvement over the first two issues; it’s action-packed, fast-paced, and exciting from start to finish. The characters are frantically trying to survive, and it’s hard not to hold your breath as you turn the page. The numbers are going down at a rapid rate and it seems like it won’t be long before there is no one left to tell the tale. It’s the ultimate terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, with one awful incident followed by a worse incident followed by an even worse incident.
Deep Gravity features space and monsters and has enough action to keep me interested for now, but the writers need to work on the characters a bit more. All action without characters to sustain the plot makes for a pretty weak story.
Writer: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko Artist: Fernando Baldó Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 10/29/14 Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital