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‘Dept.H #13:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Mia, a scientist who has been to space looking for new life with her father, is now deep under the ocean trying to figure out who killed him. The problem is that there are more than a handful of possible suspects, all trying their best to help Mia survive on the underwater station as it literally falls apart around them, but which is trying to stop her from solving the murder.

Matt Kindt, the writer and artist, has created a whirlwind of suspense and losing odds for Mia, but she perseveres. She pushes through. She has to be one of the most tenacious comic character leads I’ve seen in some time, clinging to her intent no matter what.

Now, as she thinks back through all of the clues, visually drifting through them (Due to lack of sleep – this scientist never sleeps!), she also forages through her memories. Which of any of these things can be trusted? I can’t imagine the stress that Mia is going through, because, on my end, it’s just a hell of an engrossing read.

While Mia attempts to keep things together on the underwater scientific station, the other half of the group is trying their best to get to the surface while at the same time being told they can’t come to the surface as they may be infected.

Kindt does a stellar job of creating true-blue tension and juggling the psychology of each character while keeping everything a formidable mystery. I literally have no idea who could have killed Mia’s father at this point, much less what’s going to happen next. Of course, this would not be possible without Sharlene Kindt’s colors.

If you’re not reading this book, I don’t know what you’re doing – something seriously wrong.

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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