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IGN: The Deep #1 Review

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Underwater action, mysterious creatures, a trained fish named Jeffrey – if you’re looking for your next family adventure title, BOOM! Studios has you covered. With The Deep #1, Tom Taylor and James Brouwer make an immediate splash, combining good natured familial hijinks with a cool mystery beneath the waves. Featuring a cast of relatable characters and some truly impressive art, this debut is one worth jumping in.

From the get-go it’s clear that the Netkon family is cooler than yours. Not only do they have amazing scuba suits, a killer training facility and an (allegedly) trained fish, they also live on a state of the art submarine called The Arronax. If that’s not enough, they spend their days investigating underwater mysteries culled from dusty old maps – Tuesday night dinner at Applebee’s this isn’t. Fortunately, Tom Taylor does a nice job of making the Nekton family themselves relatable. Despite their fancy digs, they’re still wired like any ordinary family. Siblings Ant and Fontaine bicker over who gets next in the scuba suit. Spouses Will and Kaiko debate the merits of technology versus traditional instruments. And Jeffrey the fish can totally remember his training moveon ten seconds (maybe). It’s the Nekton’s easy and effortless bond that really grabs readers at the start, so much so that the time spent getting to the meat of the read is downright leisurely.

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