The first half of this series comes to an end, and whilst I’m annoyed that we’re going to have to wait until bloody February for the rest of the story, this was a very good issue that really surprised me and set things up very nicely for Part 2.
The issue begins with a flashback, but this time it’s not 6 billion years ago, it’s only about 10, as we see a younger Dr Archer talk with her dad on a boat about her plans to go into Marine Biology. There’s an interesting little tidbit here about how both Lee and her late mother had some kind of problem where their eyes didn’t produce tears. Lee’s dad believes this is why they both love the Ocean, but there’s probably more to it than that. Then, Lee and her dad are shocked by a strange noise.
The main story begins with everyone still in deep (sea) shit, as the giant Sea-Monster is attacking the Rig. Sean Murphy’s fantastic artwork comes into his own here, as the scale and detail of the giant monster is really amazing, that splash-page of it swimming through the rig was just beautiful. I love his art, not much more to say. After wrecking some of the rig, the Sea Monsters for some reason swim away, and it’s here that Dr Archer realises that they are going to attack the mainland, and that these monsters aren’t just any monsters, they are ‘Hafgufa’ which is the ‘great death in the ocean’ that almost every mythology has, the cause of great floods. The team chases after the monsters in a bad-ass hunting submarine that Meeks had hidden in a bad-ass secret room. In case you didn’t get it, Meeks is a bad-ass.
During the chase, Lee reveals what it was she saw after the strange noise she and her dad heard, she fell to the bottom of the ocean and saw glowing… dead people. It’s freaky, and she had no idea what it was at the time, but now she thinks it was down to these sea creatures, another one of their hallucinations. Once they reach the monsters, they engage in combat, using electricity and even missiles, and in the first of this issue’s big surprises… they win. At the cost of sinking the sub, they blow up the giant monster.
So, they’ve sacrificed their lives and saved the world, but there’s still time for Lee to talk to her son one last time on the video screen. Only, here comes another twist, as her son tells her that whirlpools have sprung up all around the world and are lashing major coastal cities. It looks like the group of monsters our characters have fought are only a small piece of a larger force, and the world is doomed no matter that. It’s grim shit, and man, it’s shocking to see Lee, Meeks and the others just sink to the bottom of the ocean to die.
The last page then moves things right to the future, as they mysterious green-haired girl we’ve seen briefly before tells the story of just how fucked up the world is, and introduces herself as ‘Leeward’, which of course, is reminiscent of Lee. It looks like the little snippets of the future we’ve seen are the real meat of this story, and Lee Archer was just the prologue. The epic nature of this story has always been apparent round the edges, but now it’s front and centre, and I am very excited indeed.
This is a great comic, with fantastic art, if you haven’t read it yet, do so now, because there’s plenty of time to get caught up before Part 2 in February. Man, fucking February! Gah!