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"Plunge #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Black Label / Hill House Comics

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Written by Joe Hill
Illustrated by Stuart Immonen
Lettered by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Deron Bennett
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 29th, 2020

Review:

When you find a mysterious lost submarine full of God knows what, it's only a matter of time before you crack it open. Sure, the weird possessed crew nearby wants you to do it and that will give you some doubts, but it's going to happen one way or another. Whatever is in there is going to come out. While Plunge #5 doesn't quite get there, we can see where it's going.

While we know where it's going, each chapter of Plunge closes off another avenue for the characters. You might think that maybe they can escape on the ship or blow something up to get away. As those possibilities are removed, they're left with only one option and that's taking a dive into the water and opening up the sub.

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It's no surprise then that writer Joe Hill has packed Plunge with an insane amount of tension. This is a comic you'll read with clenched fists and gritted teeth with every turn of the page, wondering how these people are possibly going to get out of this mess alive.

We're given some insight into the origins of these strange creatures. They're ancient and even creepier than we imagined. Letterer Deron Bennett drives this home, shifting from all caps to all lowercase as Russell stares into the abyss looking for answers. Everything else is drowned out. Even punctuation is removed from the text so you understand just how frightening this all is to experience.

The creatures themselves take the form of something like millipedes, although with a lot more spikes and a horrifying mouth. Artist Stuart Immonen gives them life and they're certainly unsettling. What makes them even scarier is not how they look, but what they do. When they attack, they get into their victim's mouth or eyes and I just want to throw up after typing that sentence.

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Once possessed, their victims are basically drained of life. Colorist Dave Stewart shades them differently. It's like their soul has been removed and they're a lifeless husk working only for these creatures.

Just when you think you can't take it anymore, Plunge dives deeper (no pun intended), leaning into the terror and ratcheting it up considerably. This is how you build up to a final issue. I cannot wait to see how this book wraps up and I have no idea how these characters will possibly get out of this...or if they even will at all. That's some great horror right there.

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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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