Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Plunge #3 Review

Writer: Joe Hill
Pencils: Stuart Immonen
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 19th, 2020

In the last issue, Russell was in a cave following the numbers in Pi, and we saw the hands of the "undead" members of the Derleth from being him. But are they really "undead?" Whatever the case, it turns out they're really smart at mathematics and have some sick technology that can let you read minds but turn your own mind into goo.

They're here, they're pale white, they've lost their eyesight due to an indigenous worm, and they speak. Slowly with a lot of "..." but they speak.  It's Julian, the first mate of the Derleth, that talks to Russell. And they all end up going to the beach where Mariah and Clark are waiting. Russell is wearing headphones and Bill, who was watching the entrance of the cave, is hiding something inside of his jacket.

Back on the McReady, they're kinda busy with the death of a crewman but Gage takes a call from the shore. It's Clark telling him that they've found the crew of the Derleth, and of course, Gage assumes he means their bodies, but Clark tells him that they actually found them. So Gage heads to the shore.

Bill is acting really weird and has something that he can't show anybody, and Julian is creepy as hell because he should be. Mariah even makes a comment about how "young" Julian looks for 80 and he responds with "diet and exercise." They all go to this big hut where Gage asks an important question: You've been here this long so why hasn't anybody seen you? But the question is deflected.

You start to feel really bad for Russell here. He has basically a Walk-Man that connects to the frequency of people's souls, so he can hear everybody's thoughts. But it's doing something else to him. He's just staring off into nothing, repeating what people are thinking when asked to. And adding things into it like "I can feel my brain bleeding" and "oh god help me Moriah." Eventually, Gage demands that the headset be taken off so Julian does, and Russell's head just goes down with lifeless eyes.

With the conversation happening, there's a bunch of stuff brought up like Lacomes interest in the case and that the captain of the Derleth abandoned them and her body was found in a raft. But then there's a scuffle outside. People want to see what Bill is hiding. And it turns pretty violent.

Bits and Pieces

The Derleth crew seem to be pretty, er, "friendly" right now, other than what they've done to Russell. So why did they have Peter sneak attack the McReady? I was not expecting them to come out and be just like "hey, what's up guys" and it caught me off guard at first, but it's a pretty engaging issue that makes you wonder what they're really up to. Again, great character work by Hill. And, dude, the art is fantastic. I can't wait to see what happens next.


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