"Transdimensional #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by T Publications
Written by Michael Gordon
Illustrated by Henrique Pereira
Colored by Jan Wijngaard
2017, 32 Pages
Deacon Price is an underwater archaeologist who is about to embark on an exciting expedition to research a downed Soviet submarine. This trip means more to Deacon than just the fun of discovering new things. He’s hoping to use it to help heal his daughter who is dying of a terminal illness. Hopefully he can keep his unsettling hallucinations in check long enough to complete the mission.
Transdimensional begins as a slow burn, slowly getting its hooks into you. There are enough elements here to pull you in, however I’m not entirely sure how all the pieces fit together. Granted, this is only the first issue of a four part mini-series, but there are some things that I don’t entirely understand. For example, how does Deacon hope to use the submarine research expedition to help his daughter? I presume it has to do with a windfall of cash that would come as a result.
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The submarine is from the late 1980s and apparently no one has ever seen it before. The military will jump at what they can learn from it. There’s not a specific date as to when Transdimensional is set. If it’s set in the present day, does anyone care about a sub from thirty years ago? If it’s set earlier, it would make more sense.
The hallucinations are a major draw for Transdimensional. They come out of nowhere, similar to how they’d appear in the classic Nintendo GameCube game, Eternal Darkness. You don’t realize you’re in the midst of one until it’s too late. Artist Henrique Pereira brings some terrifying images here. Some are run of the mill, like Deacon’s car filling with water.
There’s one major scene that stands out which you can see in the previews included here. Deacon is looking in the mirror when suddenly disgusting, bloody fingers push their way out of his mouth, tearing his face open to reveal a monster beneath his skin. It’s so friggin’ creepy.
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Deacon’s hopes and dreams are what drive Transdimensional. He has so much riding on this trip. If he can just complete it, everything will be okay. This is a little too optimistic, especially with his daughter’s health. I’m going to hate to see those dreams get crushed when this expedition inevitably runs into danger. We get a glimpse of what the sub contains and it is definitely not pleasant.
Transdimensional has some great potential. Writer Michael Gordon can build suspense well and offset it with scenes full of heart. Deacon is a character that’s instantly relatable. This will make the horrors he’s sure to encounter all the more chilling to witness.