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"Transdimensional #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by T Pub Comics

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Written by Michael Gordon
Illustrated by Henrique Pereira
Colored by Jan Wijngaard
Lettered by Jim Campbell
2019

Review:

Deacon has gone down into the depths to search through a downed Soviet submarine in the hopes of curing his young daughter's illness. Instead of finding hope, he's discovered horrifying monsters and a twisted, evil version of himself. With time running out, Deacon must fight for his life if he hopes to see his daughter again but, even if he survives, will he ever be able to look her in the eye again?

As Transdimensional reaches its finale, Deacon is transformed. He's been bitten by a strange creature that's started to change his body into a monster. His hands are now claws ending in sharp talons. His teeth are now pointed, like a shark's. His eyes have turned completely black. This is just the beginning. Artist Henrique Pereira creates a nice blend of the unnatural appearance of Deacon's new look and the look of abject fear on his face. He is shaken to his core by what's going on and it shows.

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Although he's capable of untold amounts of violence with this transformation, Deacon is still somewhat reserved. He's struggling to hold onto the last remnants of his humanity, but they are fleeting. It's clear that a beast just beneath the surface is ready to lash out at anyone that wrongs him.

Letterer Jim Campbell adds to the uneasy emotions Deacon is going through. When he's holding back, Deacon's words are shown in proper case and in a grey font, but when he lets loose, they are bigger and bolder, mirroring the monster within.

Colorist Jan Wijngaard paints a sickly setting for Transdimensional. Since this takes place deep in the ocean, the sun isn't shining through. There's an unpleasant green / blue shade across nearly every page, creating looming shadows for Deacon and the other monsters to lurk through. When the action picks up, the color changes to a violent red, coinciding with the added intensity. Red signifies danger so we're trained to be wary when it shows up here.

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Transdimensional has a lot going for it with a few different elements at play, however they don't all come together. This series ends with many unanswered questions as to the origins of this mysterious virus and the other dimension. Honestly, the whole mission is a little convoluted and would fall apart under even the smallest scrutiny so it's a wonder this group made it down into the water to begin with.

What drives Transdimensional is Deacon's love for his daughter. While he may have picked a pretty complicated way to save her life, he did it for the right reasons. There's a weird aspect to this series that revolves around alleged gold bricks in this sub that feels completely out of place. I have to wonder how it would have flowed if there were rumors of a miracle drug or some strange discovery instead of a way to pay medical bills.

At the time of this writing, the creators of Transdimensional are running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the trade paperback collection.

Grades:

Story: Twoandahalfstars Transdimensional 4 Small
Art: Fourstars
Overall: Threestars

About The Author
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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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