Rating: 4.5/5 – Revealing the ‘Truth’ Behind Popular Conspiracy Theories.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Alamo.
1. Conspiracy theory [noun]: a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event.
It’s been my experience that people love a good conspiracy theory. Modern life is rife with them. Who killed President John F. Kennedy? Was it Lee Harvey Oswald, the mob, the CIA, or Fidel Castro? Did man land on the moon or simply step on to a Hollywood sound stage? Was it a weather balloon that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, or an alien spacecraft that was later transported to a mysterious military base? These are just a few examples of the countless conspiracy theories propelled into the public consciousness by way of film and television (X-Files, Men in Black, and for me personally, Unsolved Mysteries), and bolstered by what many believe to be a government that is growing increasingly secretive. Or perhaps it’s just human nature to be suspicious. If this is your thing, then definitely pick up Justin Jordan’s new book Deep State, where you’ll learn that even what you think you know about these events may not be the truth.
As far as first issues go, Deep State is flawless in its execution. Writer Justin Jordan quickly introduces the protagonist, pairs her up with the enigmatic, all-knowing government agent, and dives right into the action. There isn’t a lot of time spent on characterization, which is fine because the hook is what really sells this first issue. The premise is simple: the government wants to promulgate conspiracy theories in order to cover up what really happened. With that, we are introduced to a well-known historical event and we find out the truth of what happened, which is far stranger than anyone imagined. Unfortunately, this truth is on a collision course with Earth and only our pair of unlikely heroes stands in the way. It’s a formula that works well this issue and can easily be used to set up future story arcs. Jordan managed to turn this first event on its head with his original take on what really happened and I look forward to other events getting this same treatment. Ariela Kristantina’s art compliments the story with her sketchy pencils and dark inks, invoking both a feeling a mystery and nervousness. The art accentuates the overall feeling that anything can happen.
Deep State #1 is a solid premiere to a series that I believe will be a lot of fun. It quickly and successfully sets up the premise, the players, and the narrative while moving the story forward without any dawdling. Even so, it leaves enough mystery about all of these to allow Jordan to build a compelling story from both a character and plot perspective. There’s certainly enough material out there to keep this story going for a long while and I look forward to the book tackling some of the conspiracies that I’ve wondered about. The tagline “the truth is out there” may belong to the X-Files, but with Deep State we may have finally found it.
Reviewed by: Adam Alamo
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