b2s pick: Dept H by Matt Kindt

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Dept H by Matt Kindt (Dark Horse Comics 2017- )

Summary: Mia is a special investigator hired to uncover possible sabotage taking place at a deep-sea research station. What she uncovers is a mind-blowing crime scene filled with suspects with terrible secrets, strange deep-sea creatures, and an impending flood

Notes: Part deep sea exploration, with stylish settings, diving suits and alien looking creatures (giant squid!), there’s survival adventure echoing The Abyss as the ocean makes itself felt, and there’s a murder plot to solve – the daughter of the expedition leader trying to find the killer of her father, and a growing sense of paranoia as claustrophobia, insomnia, and infection make tensions grow among the besieged crew. There are hints of Custeau here, but also of European comics (the diving suits reminded me of Yoko Tsuno, and there’s a character called Blake Mortimer – after comic book heroes Blake and Mortimer). There are a lot of delicious mysteries here (like what’s in the cave at the bottom? A kind of giant turtle?). 

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