Undertow #1 (Image)


Rating: 3.5 – A different take on Atlantis has pulled me in.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

Writer Steve Orlando and artist Artyom Trakhanov team up to launch another series from Image comics that is a different take on Atlantis that’s both fresh and different from stories dealing with the underwater city than I’ve seen before.  I wasn’t familiar with either of the creators going into this issue, so it was fun to see their work for the first time.  Although at times the story was a bit confusing, not necessarily because of the story but more because of the art, I really enjoyed this debut issue.

Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed Trakhanov’s art.  He has a rough and scratchy line that works for this story’s science fiction setting.  Since the majority of the story takes place under water and with Atlanteans, he’s able to make the characters, world, and technology look alien and different.  Similar to Image’s Prophet book, Trakhanov is creating a world that has a distinguished look.  And although his lines have a rough feel, when you take a closer look at the panels you’re able to see all the details he adds to the page and panels.  Combine that with some really great colors, and this new world comes to life.  Unfortunately his art can be confusing at times.  During the opening pages, there’s a war between two races of Atlantis,  I had trouble distinguishing who was who from those pages.  At other times, I lost track of one of the main characters, as I wasn’t able to clearly tell him apart from the other characters introduced throughout.

Steve Orlando’s story tells us about Redum Anshargal.  He’s from Atlantis, but no longer part of the kingdom.  Unlike Marvel’s Namor, he feels that there may be something better than Atlantis, and he’s determined to build it.  One of the most important missions in doing so is to go on a hunt for the mysterious creature called the Amphibian.  He feels that the Amphibian can unlock the key of breathing both under water, and above it.  Again, a much different take on Atlantis.  After reading this issue I’m intrigued with the world that they’re building, and to see if this Redum Anshargal is either villain, hero, or both.  I’ve been pulled in by this issue’s creative take on a world we’ve seen before, and I’m excited to read more.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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