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ADVANCE INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Deluge #2- From Bad to Worse

By Jeff Ayers

ADVANCE INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Deluge #2- From Bad to Worse

Writer: J.D. Oliva

Artist: Richard P. Clark

The intensity ramps up in the second issue of Deluge, debuting this Wednesday on Comixology. The tale of crooked cops and undercover federal agents wades further into the murky waters of New Orleans, post-Hurricane Katrina.

ADVANCE INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Deluge #2- From Bad to Worse

Things immediately go from bad to worse for Jamal King, otherwise known as FBI Special Agent Jarrett Roberts. His partner, and arguably his only friend in this post-hurricane hellhole, is gunned downed right in front of him by the crooked cops they have been investigating. The bullet was meant for Jarrett, but somehow he was spared, maybe because of the weather, maybe because of nerves. Either way, he wastes no time in taking advantage of his continued lifespan and swims away form the cops, who then make it their mission to find him at any cost. They believe he is Jamal King, a rough drug dealer from Chicago, and that he is a threat to their drug operation in New Orleans.

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Oh, how wrong they are, as they end up finding out that Jamal and Jarrett are one and the same, and that makes the cops even more dangerous. It is very unsettling to see them riding around in a boat picking people off one by one as they encounter them, clinging to life on rooftops amid the floodwaters. Truly, some chilling imagery, and it only heightens the drama of the story being told in Deluge.

ADVANCE INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Deluge #2- From Bad to Worse

The art of Richard Clark is a beautiful┬ástudy in how to create mood and depth with only a dark color palate. The blacks, blues, and grays lend themselves to the dire circumstances portrayed in J.D. Oliva’s story, and yet each character has his or her own life on the page. The main character especially emotes fully throughout the issue, and Jarrett’s eyes dart back and forth, looking for answers and an escape route from the terrible circumstances in which he has found himself. The whites of characters eyes, the yellows of the police letters, and the red of the blood that is spilled heighten the already growing intensity to an almost fever pitch of emotion and turmoil.

J.D. Olivia does an excellent job crafting this story, in most ways fiction, from actual events concerning the Hurricane Katrina. The best scene is when Jarrett finally gets a hold of a phone to call for backup, and his FBI counterparts explain to him how difficult it is to get help to him at that time. There was a lot of that floating around in the news following the events of Katrina, about how fast and how slow help arrived on the scene, and it is an interesting take how those real things crop up in this story. The only concern I have a a reader, is the way Oliva crafts the dialect and slang of New Orleans, and sometimes leaves out key words in phrases that make for a harder read upon first glance. But, the addition of bible verses, as well as the higher death count, including a few surprises, makes this story all the more enjoyable, and believable.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. A great second issue, Deluge takes the already high tension of an intense situation and dials it up even more. A few missteps in dialogue make for a less than easy read, but the addition of some surprising violence turns this issue into a verifiable page-turner.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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