Plunge is a horror series from DC Black Label under the Hill House Comics imprint that only makes me want a television spin-off with every passing issue. Out this week, issue #5 reveals much about the alien invaders, moves the plot along to a horrifying new place, and has some gore too. It’s everything you’d want in a horror comic, but is it good? Check out the preview to get a taste.
If you’re looking for plot progression, this issue has it in droves. Not only do we get key information on the bad guys, but the cast is thrust into an entirely different situation by the end of the book. Previous issues have had their moments where I wish it would move forward quicker, but there’s a nice balance of exposition, information gathering, and action in this issue. In a way, the bad guys are reduced to a simpler concept, but I’d wager there are a few more surprises in store for writer Joe Hill to unveil as the story progresses.
Art by Stuart Immonen continues to be a major highlight in the series. Very clean lines throughout somehow make the horrors that occur on the page appealing. Great facial expressions and character acting is also key to keeping you invested in the characters and relating to their very abnormal situation. Having Dave Stewart (who just won the Eisner for best coloring) color the book is a plus too. There are some interesting visions taking place in the book and Stewart helps create form and volume to them. Plus, Immonen gets to draw some giant monsters again as we saw in a previous issue!
Outside of progression, there are great losses taken too. You feel the weight of this journey weighing on the characters pushing them even further and likely putting them even more on edge. All this while there are clear cliffhangers yet to deliver that should pay off later.
Plunge #5 is a great issue as it pushes the plot forward well while delivering big answers. At this point you’ll be so invested in the characters you’ll be on the edge of your seat praying they make it. Oh, and also hope Earth doesn’t get destroyed too.