Story: Mike Richardson
Script: Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko
Art: Fernando Baldó
Colours: Nick Filardi
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover and Chapter Break Art: Gabriel Hardman & Matthew Wilson
Deep Gravity is a standalone graphic novel by the above contributors that was published in 2015. It’s an engaging sci-fi story with interesting character dynamics and relationships, an absorbing world and dramatic and tense action, with twists of a mystery and romance interwoven into the plot.
The context to the story of Deep Gravity is as follows: In an unspecified year in the future, a planet called Poseidon has many resources that are desirable on Earth, and as such a three-year journey to the planet from Earth is formed. Humans can only survive three years on Poseidon, so many stay there for that duration then return home. Steven Paxon makes the journey to pursue a lost love, and finds himself caught up in a fight for his life when the spaceship that transports people explodes, killing many of those on board and freeing the aliens that had been safely stored for transportation. A small group of survivors must use every bit of their training and skills to stay alive and figure out who was behind the explosion…
Multiversity Comics described Deep Gravity as ‘a solid, entertaining comic that will scratch your science-fiction itch’ and I couldn’t think of a better way to put it. This is one for fans of sci-fi, who enjoy alien planets, futuristic tech and space-based action. This isn’t a comprehensive graphic novel with in-depth storylines but it gives all you could want from a science fiction adventure. The characters and plot are good enough to keep you absorbed and reading but afterwards, you will be craving more, to know what happens next, and more stories based on this world that the makers of this comic have created. As a standalone, you have to appreciate the story you’re given and try not to be greedy and wanting more of the sci-fi goodness.
Visuals are always a key part of any graphic novel and you’re not let down in Deep Gravity – the rich, detailed artwork is a treat and packed with colours that change to reflect the mood. The images range from fascinating to frightening, full of tension and emotion and really bring the story to life. Everything about the world of Deep Gravity is well-imagined and therefore makes for an absorbing reading experience. Highly recommended to anyone in need of a quick enjoyable sci-fi escape.