Deep State 1

John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure
that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is
running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any
official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Some of these are
innocuous. Some of them are monstrous beyond reason. And most of the time, they
go as expected and the public is never the wiser. Most of the time. John
Harrow’s job is to handle them when things go wrong, and do anything to make
sure the government’s secrets stay just that—secret.
Growing up with X-Files, which is in my opinion one of
the best shows ever, I love me some good conspiracy theory, aliens, things that
go boo fiction.  With things like Area 51
and other potential cover ups, we can’t help but wonder just how much happens
that we’ll never really know about.  As any
good comic cover should do, I was interested in whatever the story was
inside.  Not long after breaking into Deep
State though, it more than surpassed my expectations for how good it would be.
If there are really people like Men in Black out there, that
is about as close as a description gets for John Harrow.  After showing up in the shadows of one FBI
agent Branch’s apartment, he recruits her for his organization because he knows
she wants answers she can’t get otherwise. 
Breaking into a flashback narrative describing the truth about the “first”
moon landing, we see the new partners tracking down a crashed object.  As we see in the final pages, things are very
likely going to escalate fast.
Backing up this extremely interesting story is some
really well done artwork.  While the
rougher edge approach to lines can be hard to follow sometimes, that is
definitely not the case here.  They capture
every piece of the story wonderfully, along with nice coloring that in certain
areas is just really stunning.  Not only
was the last page a perfect way to lead into issue two, but visually it was
fantastic.
Even if I wasn’t a child of the Mulder and Scully era,
this is still an excellent story to make a conspiracy theory fan of
anyone.  Although it has obvious
influence from things like X-Files and MIB, it manages to add its own flair and
create a really great story.  I am
definitely going to want to follow this book and would highly recommend getting
into this series.
For more on Deep State or other Boom titles, check out Boom! Studios.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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