Pre-NYCC News: Tom Taylor’s ‘The Deep’ Returns in a New Format
New York Comic Con is coming next week, and that always means there are a lot of pre-convention announcements. BOOM! Studios has been rolling them out one at a time, and this one is of particular interest to GC4K readers: In 2017 they will publish The Deep, by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer, as a six-issue miniseries. The story, an action tale about a family of underwater explorers, was originally released as a two-volume graphic novel, and both volumes won the Aurealis Award, Australia’s literary award for speculative fiction. The story was laer adapted into an animated series for Netflix. Here’s a brief review I wrote for CBR a couple of years ago:
Tom Taylor’s The Deep: Here Be Dragons is the first volume of a series about a family of researchers who live in a submarine. Like a good Pixar movie (which it resembles in many ways) it is kid-friendly but sharp enough for an adult to enjoy as well. In the first volume, mom Kaiko, dad William, teenage daughter Fontaine and scrappy son Ant face a sea dragon powerful enough to chop a blue whale in half. Oddly, for a comic about the sea, The Deep doesn’t have a lot of the sort of detail one would expect; the sea monster is drawn very vaguely, as a set of menacing teeth that appear from the deep, and there isn’t a lot of other sea life around (although to be fair that is a plot point). In fact, the art is quite simple, and the humans are the ones who shine. The writing is sharp and funny, and the characters are well defined, although the part that will appeal to young readers is probably the fact that the parents allow the kids to pilot the submarine and the exploration modules on their own.
Taylor went on to write the best-selling digital comic Injustice: Gods Among Us for DC, as well as Earth-Two, Hulk, and Star Wars comics.
BOOM! will publish the comics under its kaBOOM! young-readers imprint.
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Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.
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