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SEA OF SORROWS #1 review – Under the Sea (Douek, Cormack, Birch, Mullaney, Lopez, Curnow) IDW Publishing

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

SEA OF SORROWS is a dark, atmospheric horror story. Set in 1926, the protagonists are on a mission to recover some sunken gold in the North Atlantic Ocean. What they find is creepier than they bargained for (in the interest of remaining spoiler free, I won’t get into what that is).

In keeping with its plot, the art is dark. The coloring is largely black and white, which is especially effective for the underwater portions of the issue. The gloom also makes it hard to see in some places, but this only enhances the story. In movies, I hate jump scares, but somehow this comic managed to sneak in a good one.

In addition to the art, the characters fit the story perfectly. They all have either mysterious or dark pasts, which provides some additional intrigue beyond what occurs during their search. You can tell that some of these characters will crack under pressure, while others may overcome their backgrounds. Finally, the issue sprinkles in some flashbacks to flesh out the world.

SEA OF SORROWS reminds me a lot of the movie THE THING, where there is a monster, but its also about the people. This is a good thing, and I’ll be sure to see what happens next. Due to its subject matter, cursing, and violence, parental discretion is advised.  

SEA OF SORROWS #1 is now out, and the second issue of the series comes out this week (December 23rd, 2020).

Check back soon for my thoughts on this new series from the same creative team that brought you ROAD OF BONES earlier this year.

Did you pick up the first issue? Are you going to get the second? Let me know on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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