Welcome to a special edition of Preview Reviews. We were able to get our hands on the debut issue of the new series by Cavan Scott and Nick Brokenshire coming from IDW Publishing, called Dead Seas. The book scheduled for release on December 21, 2022.
Not only did we get a preview copy of the book, but we are able to give you an exclusive preview of the first FIVE pages of the book. You can find them in a slideshow below our preview review.
Dead Seas #1
Written by Cavan Scott
Art by Nick Brokenshire
Colors by Brokenshire
Letters by Shawn Lee
Cover Art by Brokenshire
Ghosts are real and dangerous. But they’re also valuable, their ectoplasm capable of curing countless diseases. There’s only one problem: harvesting the wonder drug can be just as deadly. Prisoner Gus Ortiz is willing to take the risk in return for a reduced sentence-anything to see his daughter again. All it will take is a few months at sea scraping ectoplasm off the walls of the Perdition, a floating prison containing the most vicious ghosts on Earth. Surrounded by dark waters, Gus soon realizes that angry spirits are the least of his worries. The Poseidon Adventure meets The Haunting of Hill House in this supernatural thriller.
We are certainly interested in this series. The first issue does a good job of broadly setting the scene for the reality in which this story takes place. At the same time, it draws the reader into a harrowing set of events that the purported protagonist must survive. Cavan Scott’s dialogue and narrative techniques serve to ensnare the readers attention.
Nick Brokenshire has a style that works perfectly for this book. The jagged edges to almost everything evoke feelings of dread and unease in the reader. Technically it is an excellently crafted visual narrative with interesting panel designs and terrific use of shadow. Brokenshire’s color work is also a perfect match for the tone of the book. Shawn Lee does a great job handling the lettering in this book. There are some pages that you can really see the work he put in to lay out dialogue without sacrificing art.
The entire team should be proud of this book. It is a well crafted ghost tale with compelling character stories. I am certainly interested in where this story goes. Definitely recommended.
Don’t forget to check out this exclusive FIVE page preview of Issue #1.
ABOUT CAVAN SCOTT:
Cavan Scott is a New York Times bestselling author whose work includes novels, television, comic books and award-winning audio dramas. He has written for a large number of high-profile series including Star Wars, Batman, Doctor Who, Assassin’s Creed, Pacific Rim, Transformers, Back to the Future, Star Trek, Vikings, Adventure Time and more. His creator-owned series include the supernatural spy thriller Shadow Service from Vault comics and The Ward, an urban fantasy medical drama launching this June from Dark Horse.
In 2018, Cavan became one of the five story architects selected to create Lucasfilm’s new multi-media initiative, Star Wars: The High Republic and he is currently writing the ongoing Marvel comic of the same name, as well as numerous novels in the series.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Cavan was a magazine editor for Future Publishing in the UK, launching a number of successful magazines including Countryfile, based on the hit BBC One series. A member of The Society of Authors and the Horror Writer’s Association, Cavan lives in the west of England with his wife and two daughters. His passions include learning the concertina, folklore, the music of David Bowie, and scary movies. He builds far too much LEGO.
ABOUT NICK BROKENSHIRE:
Nick Brokenshire is a comic book artist from Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a writer/artist for IDW’s STAR WARS ADVENTURES, including stories that include DARTH VADER, ASAJJ VENTRESS, IG-88 and MAX REBO. Nick is also co-creator/artist/colorist of THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN (Dark Horse) and has worked on stories and covers for HEAVY METAL, 2000AD, JUDGE DREDD (IDW) and ROBOTECH (Titan). He has a few groovy irons in the fire that will be revealed in the near future. Also, He’s the frontman of BLUES HARVEST!