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Comics || ‘Deep State’ #1 By Justin Jordan & Ariela Kristantina, Published By Boom! Studios » Rachel McGill

By Rachel McGill

Deep State is definitely for those conspiracy theorists of you out there. Fans of X-Files might see similarities in the agents and even Doctor Who fans will be reminded of the Vashta Nerada. Its fast paced storyline flows like a sci-fi pilot episode, urging readers to tune in next week. But what I found most intriguing was the quote at the beginning.

Washington D.C.

Ms. Branch sits at her desk, frustrated by the interruption. Her boss doesn’t want her working on the Mendez Kidnapping, a two decades old cold case. Branch is ordered home, she arrives home to a stranger in the dark. Branch is “more curious than cautious” so takes the opportunity to see what this stranger wants. The well-dressed stranger, a freelancer, claimed by the NSA, CIA, and others, yet he works for an entirely different organization. John Harrow makes sure that “the secrets stay secret…conspiracy theories stay theories” and he creates “plausible deniability”.

First lesson, the moon landing didn’t happen the way we think it is and the moon isn’t just a rock.

Deep State #1 | Comics

Near Bedford, PA

Something or someone has crashed in the middle of the night. The local sheriff and deputy go to check it out, only to run into Agents Branch and Harrow. As Agent Harrow suspects it’s the same technology that they found on the moon.

What secrets will be revealed in the coming issues? What information will break free? What stories will be told?

Deep State #1

About Justin Jourdan (Author) & Ariela Kristantina (Illustrator)

The writer Justin Jordan came to prominence with THE STRANGE TALE OF LUTHER STRODE, an action comic he co-created with the artist Tradd Moore. That success has led to more success, as he’s now worked with almost every major comics publisher while keeping his feet firmly planted in the creator-owned world. // More On Image

Ariela Kristantina is a comic artist from Jakarta, Indonesia. She’s now pursuing her career in comics in America. Ariela was involved in several anthologies before she got her first Marvel book in 2014 as the artist (cover and interior) for The Logan Legacy 2. She also worked with Justin Jordan for BOOM! Studio as the artist for Deep State (1-8). // More On Behance

|| Comic Reviewer || About Rachel McGill

Rachel grew up on Star Trek, X-Files and the Hobbit. She fell in love with Star Wars, then Stargate followed by Firefly and Doctor Who. Then Skyrim came and no fantasy stone was left unturned. Her love of all things comics started sometime during all of this on family vacations to Universal and with a single book. From then on it has been a healthy downward spiral into geekblivion. Now she cosplays, play Dungeons and Dragons, and writes about comics.

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