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There's something terribly wrong with them. And the storm closes in. The research ship Derleth disappeared in the Arctic forty years ago... so when its crew is found, why haven't they aged a day? How did they become capable of feats of unbelievable mathematics? And for God's sake, what happend to their eyes? Collects #1-6 There's something terribly wrong with them. And the storm closes in. The research ship Derleth disappeared in the Arctic forty years ago... so when its crew is found, why haven't they aged a day? How did they become capable of feats of unbelievable mathematics? And for God's sake, what happend to their eyes? Collects #1-6


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There's something terribly wrong with them. And the storm closes in. The research ship Derleth disappeared in the Arctic forty years ago... so when its crew is found, why haven't they aged a day? How did they become capable of feats of unbelievable mathematics? And for God's sake, what happend to their eyes? Collects #1-6 There's something terribly wrong with them. And the storm closes in. The research ship Derleth disappeared in the Arctic forty years ago... so when its crew is found, why haven't they aged a day? How did they become capable of feats of unbelievable mathematics? And for God's sake, what happend to their eyes? Collects #1-6

30 review for Plunge

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    This was terrific! A salvage crew goes to investigate a boat that's been missing for 40 years in the Arctic Sea. They find the ship wrecked on an atoll and a whole lot more. Hill borrows from some of the best horror influences. There's a little Aliens, some of The Thing, and some Lovecraft all mixed into this in the best ways. Stuart Immonen's art is fantastic. He should ink his own work more often. Particularly when Dave Stewart is providing the colors. This was terrific! A salvage crew goes to investigate a boat that's been missing for 40 years in the Arctic Sea. They find the ship wrecked on an atoll and a whole lot more. Hill borrows from some of the best horror influences. There's a little Aliens, some of The Thing, and some Lovecraft all mixed into this in the best ways. Stuart Immonen's art is fantastic. He should ink his own work more often. Particularly when Dave Stewart is providing the colors.

  2. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This was absolutely fantastic — easily one of the best releases in this new Hill House line so far. The art took a little time to grow on me, but the characters are so enjoyable and the plot is genuinely unsettling and dreadful, right down to the bone. This is going down as one of my favorite cosmic horror media pieces, no question, not only for the fear factor and the otherworldly appeal of the villains, but for how effortlessly Joe Hill made me love our little cast of misfit heroes, too. Thank This was absolutely fantastic — easily one of the best releases in this new Hill House line so far. The art took a little time to grow on me, but the characters are so enjoyable and the plot is genuinely unsettling and dreadful, right down to the bone. This is going down as one of my favorite cosmic horror media pieces, no question, not only for the fear factor and the otherworldly appeal of the villains, but for how effortlessly Joe Hill made me love our little cast of misfit heroes, too. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    40 years ago the Derleth went missing off the coast of Alaska with all hands. Except now, suddenly, a signal from the lost ship begins transmitting again! A mysterious businessman charters a shipping crew for a salvage mission to the wreck in the middle of nowhere. Could the crew still be alive - and, if not, what onboard is broadcasting the signal…? I like the premise and look of Plunge more than the execution. Lovecraftian stories are my jam and this is Lovecraftian as hell: there are cosmic a 40 years ago the Derleth went missing off the coast of Alaska with all hands. Except now, suddenly, a signal from the lost ship begins transmitting again! A mysterious businessman charters a shipping crew for a salvage mission to the wreck in the middle of nowhere. Could the crew still be alive - and, if not, what onboard is broadcasting the signal…? I like the premise and look of Plunge more than the execution. Lovecraftian stories are my jam and this is Lovecraftian as hell: there are cosmic alien horrors manifesting as giant tentacled monsters tearing apart reality, shambolic zombies toting weird talismans, not to mention the nod to August Derleth, HP Lovecraft’s first publisher. But Joe HIll doesn’t do much besides slowly introduce these elements then drearily smoosh them together for a predictably Hollywood-esque finale. Hands emerging from the dark, corpse bags slowly unzipping, eyeless figures, “call us… Legion”, corpses talking but only one person hears - it’s all stuff I’ve seen before in many other horror stories trotted out again unoriginally. The Ingot is like any other Macguffin that does whatever a spider can and the ending is too pat, almost cliched, in the way it wraps everything up. I didn’t understand why the Derleth would contain a “lifeboat” for these creatures and it’s just a bit too convenient that it’s protected by something that’s fatal to them but not to humans, providing a contrived conclusion to close out on. The cast of characters are an unremarkable bunch, none of whom leave much of an impression, and their banter was mostly irritating and tedious (all that rubbish about the coffee - ugh! Also, how does anyone jump to the conclusion that the coffee wards off possession?!). I also didn’t get why they would scrawl out Pi in its entirety - it just seems like something that seems cool and spooky in a story but doesn’t make sense from the perspective of the ones actually doing it. And there’s not a lot of it but the untranslated Russian was annoying - why have this for an English-speaking audience? And if it’s because the dialogue itself is easily-imagined and irrelevant, why include these scenes to begin with? Stuart Immonen’s art is superb, particularly when you add Dave Stewart’s colours. The Lovecraftian monster designs were awesome and I’m pretty sure the mysterious businessman IS Paul Giamatti! I also discovered that fire retardant grenades are actually a real thing which is super cool. It’s got nice art and a strong premise with interesting aspects but Joe Hill can’t bring it all together into a compelling narrative. Plunge is a dull, wet sea shanty of a horror comic - another Hill House clunker.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I absolutely loved this one. It's definitely a toss-up between this and 'Basketful of Heads' for best Hill House horror title. It wears its influences on its sleeve but the execution is SO good that you can forgive its borrowing of certain horror/SF tropes from Lovecraft and 'Aliens'. The artwork is absolutely fantastic; Stuart Immonen's work has never looked so good; he should ink his own pencils more often. I'm really hoping this isn't it for the Hill House line. I really enjoyed it, for the mo I absolutely loved this one. It's definitely a toss-up between this and 'Basketful of Heads' for best Hill House horror title. It wears its influences on its sleeve but the execution is SO good that you can forgive its borrowing of certain horror/SF tropes from Lovecraft and 'Aliens'. The artwork is absolutely fantastic; Stuart Immonen's work has never looked so good; he should ink his own pencils more often. I'm really hoping this isn't it for the Hill House line. I really enjoyed it, for the most part, and I'm eagerly anticipating any news of a second wave.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Creepy location, creepier antagonists, explosive conclusion - everything you want in a horror tale.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Joe Hill says this is a tribute to the works of H. P. Lovecraft and the films of John Carpenter. Neither of those guys do much for me, which might explain why this book didn't do much for me. I was annoyed that math stuff was thrown around like it was important to the series but was really used for nothing but window dressing. Mentioning pi does not make this men vs. monsters tale deeper or more interesting. Joe Hill says this is a tribute to the works of H. P. Lovecraft and the films of John Carpenter. Neither of those guys do much for me, which might explain why this book didn't do much for me. I was annoyed that math stuff was thrown around like it was important to the series but was really used for nothing but window dressing. Mentioning pi does not make this men vs. monsters tale deeper or more interesting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE IN QUOTING THE BOOK, IF YOU MIND THAT DON’T READ THIS BOOK OR MY REVIEW! This isn’t terrible... just isn’t for me. What’s it about? So that’s somewhat hard to describe without spoilers. Basically the main thing to know is there’s some weird shit going on involving water-related things in a certain area. A group is assembled to take care of some things. More weird shit happens and leads our protagonists into a very twisted and perilous situation. Pros: The WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE IN QUOTING THE BOOK, IF YOU MIND THAT DON’T READ THIS BOOK OR MY REVIEW! This isn’t terrible... just isn’t for me. What’s it about? So that’s somewhat hard to describe without spoilers. Basically the main thing to know is there’s some weird shit going on involving water-related things in a certain area. A group is assembled to take care of some things. More weird shit happens and leads our protagonists into a very twisted and perilous situation. Pros: The story is pretty good. It’s one of those stories that is weird as hell but still makes sense and I always like that. The artwork is pretty good. The pacing is done quite well. It’s not super fast or action-packed but it’s not particularly boring either. The horror elements can be pretty good. There’s creepy humanoid monsters and very well designed non-human monsters. I definitely dug the monster designs and creepy tone. Cons: These characters are rather bland. I didn’t necessarily hate any of them but I didn’t like any of them either. They had no personality and little background, nothing changed about that as the book went on, everyone in this book is just uninteresting. This book is mostly predictable. There were a few moments I guess but for the most part I saw things coming before they happened. There’s some attempts at humor throughout and they’re rarely funny IMO. So I seem to pretty much always have this complaint with Joe Hill’s work but the dialogue is just bad. I was shaking my head at some of it in this comic. This book does this thing of trying too hard to be edgy. Like, I didn’t particularly mind the level of explicit content (hell a lot of the shit I consume in entertainment is way more graphic than this) but in context it often feels like it’s just there to be there, especially sexual references and profanity. The weirdest part is despite that it’s actually not very edgy at all, just feels kinda stupid, for example: there’s one character who is introduced holding a big dildo in his hand (Why? A weak attempt at shock value humor that even only moderately edgy comedy such as Family Guy is more shocking than on a regular basis) or lines like “Fuck the fucking fuck are you?” (I mean my followers know I tend to swear a lot but this line barely even makes sense). There’s a few pages where the dialogue is in Russian. This kinda annoys me, most comics with characters speaking a foreign language just include the dialogue in English for the reader. Honestly it is a minor and probably sorta stupid complaint but would you wanna read a book in a language you don’t understand? Since most of this comic is in English and there’s no clue of what the Russian dialogue is saying (unless you wanna find all those letters and put those lines through a translation app or happen to speak Russian) it’s a kinda stupid move IMO. The ending was somewhat cliche and not very well executed. Overall: I gotta be honest... I don’t consider Joe Hill a good writer. This is the 4th book I’ve read by this author and honestly, I haven’t given any of them more than 3-stars. Though at the same time he’s not a terrible writer. This isn’t a terrible book, it just isn’t my cup of tea. Hill definitely has a good story here and Immonen has good art to work very well with it... but it ultimately wasn’t a good book IMO. There’s just too many issues I had with it. It probably works for some horror fans but not really for me. 2/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Joe Hill delivers again! The story grabs you at the start and takes you on a twisting roller coaster ride. Just when the horror and gross factor (ewwww, worms) is about to go over the top, Mr. Hill has one of his characters deliver the perfect line to ease the tension; but then immediately ramps it back up. Mr. Immonen's artwork is incredible and compliments the story. I read this in one sitting because i couldn't put it down. Thank you Netgalley for a highly entertaining read on this dark and sto Joe Hill delivers again! The story grabs you at the start and takes you on a twisting roller coaster ride. Just when the horror and gross factor (ewwww, worms) is about to go over the top, Mr. Hill has one of his characters deliver the perfect line to ease the tension; but then immediately ramps it back up. Mr. Immonen's artwork is incredible and compliments the story. I read this in one sitting because i couldn't put it down. Thank you Netgalley for a highly entertaining read on this dark and stormy October night.

  9. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    The atmosphere feels very "The Thing" and Joe Hill basically says this is his tribute to it. I mean the main guys last name is Carpenter so...lolz. But the story is basically a group of "deep divers" or "retrieval divers" whatever the name is it, go to a island to find out what happened to a old ship crew. Upon getting there the dead seem to come back to life. Don't worry, not a zombie tale. With the group of divers not unsure of everything and the old crew, thought to be dead, now possessed by The atmosphere feels very "The Thing" and Joe Hill basically says this is his tribute to it. I mean the main guys last name is Carpenter so...lolz. But the story is basically a group of "deep divers" or "retrieval divers" whatever the name is it, go to a island to find out what happened to a old ship crew. Upon getting there the dead seem to come back to life. Don't worry, not a zombie tale. With the group of divers not unsure of everything and the old crew, thought to be dead, now possessed by something and asking for "freedom" what will happen next? Joe Hill does a solid plot here with a pretty interesting turn of events. I mean, the main plot is pretty simple and seen it before. It's the characters that are fun and the deaths I didn't expect happening to keep me coming back. It also helps the art is fantastic, and feels like a 80's or 90's horror film. While I thought the ending wrapped up too quick and a bit cliché, I still enjoyed it. Not as much as Basketcase but overall fun horror story. A 3.5 out of 5.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    I enjoyed this novella for what it worth. A nice, sort of retro 1950s, IMO, blast of science fiction mixed with horror. I find it difficult to think of a rescue/salvage ship sent off to the Artic to see if anyone can be saved from another ship that lost communications with no explanation without thinking of The Thing (movie not the novella). When the salvage crew reaches the site they discover, for lack of a better term, zombies being controlled by alien creatures inside of them. There is not a w I enjoyed this novella for what it worth. A nice, sort of retro 1950s, IMO, blast of science fiction mixed with horror. I find it difficult to think of a rescue/salvage ship sent off to the Artic to see if anyone can be saved from another ship that lost communications with no explanation without thinking of The Thing (movie not the novella). When the salvage crew reaches the site they discover, for lack of a better term, zombies being controlled by alien creatures inside of them. There is not a whole of characterization here, nor can there be in a six issue series. It pretty much has to be story driven to work, unless the writer is going to pour themselves into one character and make every other character one dimensional (which lessens the horror aspect for when something does happen to the salvage crew). Maybe no one character makes it much past two dimensional, but that little bit of attention to detail and character should enable most readers to care when something goes awry for the crew.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    I am a huge fan of Joe Hill and I didn't even know that this comic book series was a thing. My dad ended up sending it to me having originally thought this was a new Joe Hill novel and instead, upon it arrival, having learned it was a graphic novel, sent it my way instead. Having read a good chunk of Hill's works, this was like reading the best tribute to a horror movie classic that I could imagine. Hill's clear as day tribute to The Thing throughout this graphic novel is incredible. He manages I am a huge fan of Joe Hill and I didn't even know that this comic book series was a thing. My dad ended up sending it to me having originally thought this was a new Joe Hill novel and instead, upon it arrival, having learned it was a graphic novel, sent it my way instead. Having read a good chunk of Hill's works, this was like reading the best tribute to a horror movie classic that I could imagine. Hill's clear as day tribute to The Thing throughout this graphic novel is incredible. He manages to tell his own story while at the same time making it clear what original source he is paying tribute to. This work truly reminded me why I love Joe Hill as much as I do and it was a great in between to read before diving into a new novel!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Václav

    (4,1 of 5 for excellent Carpenter-ish horror about one long lost ship and it's crew) The Plunge is one from the first round of the Hill House horrors. And it's great. It adds to the variety of horror stories under Hill House, which is awesome - every story is different sub-genre, Hill curates this brand well. The Plunge openly tributes to Carpenter's horror (for start with the name of the salvage party captain) and it's doing good service to it. The story is a good balance of horror cliché and ne (4,1 of 5 for excellent Carpenter-ish horror about one long lost ship and it's crew) The Plunge is one from the first round of the Hill House horrors. And it's great. It adds to the variety of horror stories under Hill House, which is awesome - every story is different sub-genre, Hill curates this brand well. The Plunge openly tributes to Carpenter's horror (for start with the name of the salvage party captain) and it's doing good service to it. The story is a good balance of horror cliché and new twists, nicely developing the mystery, danger and the thrill. The art is decent and works well for the story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    When the best part of a horror novel is running dildo jokes, you know that there’s some trouble. Not that there is anything wrong with the dildo jokes - they are quite funny - but the rest of the comic is just not as remarkable. The setup, an emergency beacon suddenly lights from a ship lost in the ‘80s, is a lot of fun. There are also some interesting moments throughout, a few laugh out loud moments of dialogue, and one compelling character, Lacome, because he has at least some depth. Outside o When the best part of a horror novel is running dildo jokes, you know that there’s some trouble. Not that there is anything wrong with the dildo jokes - they are quite funny - but the rest of the comic is just not as remarkable. The setup, an emergency beacon suddenly lights from a ship lost in the ‘80s, is a lot of fun. There are also some interesting moments throughout, a few laugh out loud moments of dialogue, and one compelling character, Lacome, because he has at least some depth. Outside of that, this was a rather more dull story than it should have been. I never quite felt any terror, and that comes from Hill’s mistake of introducing the monster too early (the apple doesn’t fall far in the Stephen King family tree in its obsession with creepy crawly alien bugs). Besides being funny, the monster wasn’t very scary. Worse, it was dull. Also dull are most of the characters. The ending, too, was not so great. A shame the story couldn’t be more daring.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2020/11/1... Joe Hill saved the best for last in his five-volume Hill House Comics label! The story takes inspiration from The Thing and Alien movies, and also a touch of the spiral-obsessed Uzumaki manga series. Set in modern-day, a distress signal from a drilling ship lost 40 years ago in the Arctic Circle is heard, so a salvage ship hired by an oil corporation heads out to find it. Onboard are Captain Carpenter, two of his brother Review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2020/11/1... Joe Hill saved the best for last in his five-volume Hill House Comics label! The story takes inspiration from The Thing and Alien movies, and also a touch of the spiral-obsessed Uzumaki manga series. Set in modern-day, a distress signal from a drilling ship lost 40 years ago in the Arctic Circle is heard, so a salvage ship hired by an oil corporation heads out to find it. Onboard are Captain Carpenter, two of his brothers, a marine biologist couple, various crew members and a representative from Rococo International. They are quickly in over their heads when they stopover at an Aleutian Island near the Russian border, and discover the crew members from the Derleth (this is an Easter Egg reference, look up who August Derleth is), who are gaunt and eyeless but haven’t aged. In a somewhat convoluted storyline, the crew finds out that extraterrestrial worms have taken over the old crew, and they are purely vessels for the alien creatures. The greedy Rococo rep has had a secret agenda (of course) and wants to profit from the aliens with their math knowledge and an other-worldly component that could give them unlimited nuclear power. There are betrayals, deaths and action-packed scenes that will keep readers riveted. I also appreciated the poignancy of the brotherly love the Carpenter men showed one another. The art by Stuart Immonen was excellent, and his work elevated the story, so I am glad Hill convinced him to come out of retirement for this graphic novel. Often art in horror-themed graphic novels tends towards the sketchy and the dark, but Immonen’s work is precise and detailed, which brings the terror to the forefront more effectively. He really captured the personalities of different characters and made my heart go pitter-patter for the bearded captain, and that the alien creatures are Lovecraftian is an added bonus. The color palette by Dave Stewart was appropriately ocean-inspired with grey, blue and dull greens and the letterer Deron Bennett had fun with the opening chapter pages as he converted words into a new mathematical language. This new Hill House label has been uneven, yet very promising. The two titles penned by Hill, including Basketful of Heads were the best of the bunch, yet I appreciated that the horror-inspired graphic novels included a variety of authors to reach different audiences. Here’s to hoping there will be future Hill House stories! (Actual review 4.5/5)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Greensmith

    "You lost...one brother...last night. I lost a HUNDRED. So, Captain Carpenter...you may believe...we are even...but...it is not even...close." "You lost...one brother...last night. I lost a HUNDRED. So, Captain Carpenter...you may believe...we are even...but...it is not even...close."

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dávid Novotný

    This scratched my itch:) It has everything I like, long lost ship, mystery, some dark long forgotten race... Pace is great, there is something happening on every page, without unnecessary side lines and dialogues. Art dark, little bit rough, mostly working with cold tones, which really helps build atmosphere, but still everything is clearly distinguishable for the reader. 4.5*

  17. 4 out of 5

    AprilMarie

    A salvage crew goes to the Arctic Circle to recover a scientific exploration ship that went missing over 40 years ago. They don’t expect survivors ... Surprise MF’ers! This was a well done science-fiction, (light) horror thriller. Not so heartfelt as The Abyss. More like the campy, horror thrills of Deep Rising. It’s not ground breaking (moist, monsters in the dark). But it’s done well, even if a bit predictable. The script, specifically the dialogue between the crew, was great. I loved Captain Ca A salvage crew goes to the Arctic Circle to recover a scientific exploration ship that went missing over 40 years ago. They don’t expect survivors ... Surprise MF’ers! This was a well done science-fiction, (light) horror thriller. Not so heartfelt as The Abyss. More like the campy, horror thrills of Deep Rising. It’s not ground breaking (moist, monsters in the dark). But it’s done well, even if a bit predictable. The script, specifically the dialogue between the crew, was great. I loved Captain Carpenter. Is he a nod to John Carpenter? I don’t know. However, the entire story felt like a homage. The art and the coloring were nice. It was cool, moody and atmospheric. And those Gary Frank variant covers ... all love. In short, if you like a quick, deep-sea jaunt, this is a good one. I do wish it was longer. I really enjoyed some of the characters. I read this in single issue format (1-6).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wally Flangers

    “Plunge” started off a mess and what I initially thought was going to be a massive disappointment, but recovered nicely and turned into an interesting and fun read. Overall, it reminded me of Lovecraft’s, “The Call of Cthulhu” and some aspects of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. It had confusing elements, yet also riveting sections as well. I was really all over the place with emotion throughout the course of the story. Although this comic was originally published by Hill House Comics in a six “Plunge” started off a mess and what I initially thought was going to be a massive disappointment, but recovered nicely and turned into an interesting and fun read. Overall, it reminded me of Lovecraft’s, “The Call of Cthulhu” and some aspects of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. It had confusing elements, yet also riveting sections as well. I was really all over the place with emotion throughout the course of the story. Although this comic was originally published by Hill House Comics in a six comic series throughout 2020, I read the hardcover book which combined all six issues into one book. Without giving away any spoilers, “Plunge” is about a drilling ship named the Derleth, which disappeared somewhere near the Artic Circle about forty years ago and has all of a sudden begun sending out a distress call…. This catches the attention of the Rococo Oil Company, who hire a crew to investigate the matter. After the crew hits the sea and follow the distress signal with hopes to recover the missing bodies aboard the Derleth, they uncover the unsolved mystery with full regret. For a while I couldn’t tell if I liked “Plunge” or not. I’ll be honest…. Before the crew landed on the atoll, I had absolutely NO CLUE what was going on. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed with characters and wasn’t understanding the correlation between these oversized slugs, tidal waves, and a dead guy coming to life. The story just kicks off, full blast with no real character introductions or insight to what is going on. Then, all of a sudden, it clicked…. Once it clicked (I would say just before the halfway point in the book) and I knew who was who and where the story was going, I REALLY got into it and feeling happier with my purchase. In this particular instance, I think I would have been better off reading each comic upon its original release. That would have given me more time to invest in the story (possibly even read it more than once) to grasp what was going on. Taking on the story in its entirety in two reading sessions did not do me any favors. There were many surprises in “Plunge”…. I particularly liked the sequences with the Russian submarine. Joe Hill did a great job, not translating to English and the artist did a good job providing the reader with body language for the translation. I also liked how the text got smaller during cave exploration. Little things like that stood out to me and made me appreciate the thought that went into this project. I am not afraid to admit that I have no idea what was up with the pi equation references throughout the book. Unless it was just meant to show the reader that there is a higher intelligence with these beings and used mathematics to exemplify that…. But, perhaps I missed something. I may actually read it again to see what I pick-up on and what I missed the first time around. I was NOT fond of the ending…. In my opinion, it was too quick and simple. I was left feeling dissatisfied. For me, the climax of the story was the halfway point leading into the final third and then it steadily declined from that point on. I would say the point that I started to lose interest was once the hatch was opened. The events that occur from that point on didn’t do it for me…. Even the small plot twist at the end was highly predictable. Although some of the illustrations were a bit sloppy and thrown together as if they were under the gun, overall the artwork was crisp and full of detail. The images were clean and consistent…. Shadowing and transitional colors were used in all the right places, setting a somewhat spooky mood. Stuart Immonen did a superb job with his visual interpretation. That definitely helped not only increase the enjoyment of the story, but also my understanding of it. The facial expressions and actions of the characters were right on cue with the dialogue. I am assuming there must have been a lot of communication between Joe Hill and the illustrator on how some of the scenes should ultimately be sketched. FINAL VERDICT: I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. “Plunge” was definitely not the best graphic novel Joe Hill and company ever published, but it is still worth your time if you are into horror comics with science-fiction elements or are a big Lovecraft fan. Although there isn’t a ton of gore in this one compared to others Joe Hill has published, the appropriate age should be 16+ in my opinion. It’s not as graphic or sexual as most of the other Hill comics out there, but still could mold a serial killer out of your 12 year-old if he or she has a mental disorder. Not that “Call of Duty” is much better, of course….

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erica Robyn Metcalf

    Plunge by Joe Hill, illustrated by Stuart Immonen, is a horror graphic novel about a recovery project gone very, very wrong. The project should have been relatively easy, but what the team is about to discover more than just the shipwreck and research. When Captain Carpenter and his crew are sent on a mission to recover a ship that had gone down years ago, they think that the biggest risk they need to avoid is underwater missiles sent from the Russians. Tensions are already a bit high as they are Plunge by Joe Hill, illustrated by Stuart Immonen, is a horror graphic novel about a recovery project gone very, very wrong. The project should have been relatively easy, but what the team is about to discover more than just the shipwreck and research. When Captain Carpenter and his crew are sent on a mission to recover a ship that had gone down years ago, they think that the biggest risk they need to avoid is underwater missiles sent from the Russians. Tensions are already a bit high as they are forced to bring along the VP of Special Projects, David Lacome, and the Captain isn’t exactly hitting it off with him. When they arrive at their destination, some of the crew heads to land in order to camp for the night. But when the Marine Biologist, Moriah Lamb, heads away from the campfire to pee, she stumbles across a body. It seems as though the man has killed himself, but there are a few things that strike the crew as odd. Just one item being that Moriah says that he spoke to her. But while she tries to brush it off as her mind playing tricks, the crew is about to learn that they needed to fear much more than Russian missiles. I am so glad that I went into this one pretty dark! I had no idea where this story was going and I was so shocked to learn more as the story unfolded. I fell for all of the characters immediately. I wanted them all to become fast friends, get to the wreck, get what they needed, and get out. But of course, this is a horror graphic novel… so things didn’t follow my happy little timeline. I loved Clark the most. The storyline written by Joe Hill paired with the artwork from Stuart Immonen and the coloring from Dave Stewart was incredible. To say this tale is creepy is a massive understatement. Some of these vivid scenes had my skin crawling, while others made me grimace involuntarily. There were also many scenes that had me feeling a bit claustrophobic; whether that was in a cave, in any of the underwater scenes, or locked in room on this ship… Eek! My Favorite Passage So many stars. The worst thing about civilization is it took the stars away from us. My Final Thoughts The storyline itself is intense and terrifying, but it’s also filled with wonderful characters and brotherly love. Pair that with the killer illustrations and muted color palette with only a few colors, and you’ve got a hit for me! Plunge is the best horror graphic novel that I have read in a very long time. I highly recommend checking this one out!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is easily the best of the whole Hill House line and would make for a great movie. Who'd have thought math could be so scary? Excellent combo of such entertainments as The Thing, Alien, and H. P. Lovecraft. When a tsunami uncovers the remains of a ship that went missing 40 years ago, a man representing the corporation that owned the ship contracts with a crew of three brothers to go on a salvage mission into dangerous waters. The ship's distress signal has started transmitting again, placing This is easily the best of the whole Hill House line and would make for a great movie. Who'd have thought math could be so scary? Excellent combo of such entertainments as The Thing, Alien, and H. P. Lovecraft. When a tsunami uncovers the remains of a ship that went missing 40 years ago, a man representing the corporation that owned the ship contracts with a crew of three brothers to go on a salvage mission into dangerous waters. The ship's distress signal has started transmitting again, placing it in an area that is contested between Russia and the international community, so this salvage trip is not so simple to begin with. Throw in a bunch of extraterrestrial worms and things get so much worse. Excellent artwork throughout this from Stuart Immonen. Strongly recommended.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Lindsay

    A really beautiful and worthy addition/ode to the genre of horror fiction made to feel like it could have been born in the 80s, as specifically inspired by the works of John Carpenter. Plus: Stuart Immonen is an art god and every page is amazing. Extra Alert: the slipcase/HC presentation is so good, and the paper is old school vertigo style, and the original pitch email is included in the back matter.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Matchett

    This was a delightful, quick read. Touches of John Carpenter’s The Thing, Lovecraft, and even some Russian I’ll never understand bc yes, there was some dialogue in Russian lol. Creepy bc I just read The Troop by Nick Cutter and there was something familiar about this. Loved the artwork, the story, and everything else about this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Overall I liked the story and thought it was interesting, but was a little let down by the ending. Also wish they would have translated the Russian...I have no idea what those parts said.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meg Sarnowski

    Throughly enjoyed this one. It’s the kind of story I needed. Loved the art work and it depicted some pretty gruesome scenes. Bravo Hill! Now give me more!

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Funderburg

    An engaging, surprising story with some fresh ideas. Joe Hill's take on John Carpenter. Worthwhile! An engaging, surprising story with some fresh ideas. Joe Hill's take on John Carpenter. Worthwhile!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    Honestly I was bored. I did like the art style so that’s a plus. That being said it reminded me of The Troop and I didn’t really like that book so I didn’t really like this. It started of interesting but then I was just bored and confused. Maybe I’m just dumb but I didn’t fully understand things.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    Started out great but Joe has gotten wordy since about 2013. This turned into a dialog fest that never really made sense. Lots of conversations when most people would scoot. Too bad. I loved the first issue.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dan Seitz

    Solid, gross horror in a Lovecraft/Carpenter vein. I'm mildly surprised it's not already a movie, but give it time. Solid, gross horror in a Lovecraft/Carpenter vein. I'm mildly surprised it's not already a movie, but give it time.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    A nice horror/adventure tale for people who like H.P. Lovecraft and/or Clive Cussler.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris H

    *Brief spoiler free synopsis and review* When a Tsunami hits and a distress signal is sent out from a ship that was lost at sea 40 years prior, The Carpenter Salvage team get more than they bargained for, when they travel into the icy depths of the Arctic to see if they can salvage the vessel and its crew. Unfortunately for them, what they discover has significantly changed from what was lost out at sea four decade's ago! As far as I'm concerned, Plunge, Hill's ode to 80s Sci-Fi horror films like *Brief spoiler free synopsis and review* When a Tsunami hits and a distress signal is sent out from a ship that was lost at sea 40 years prior, The Carpenter Salvage team get more than they bargained for, when they travel into the icy depths of the Arctic to see if they can salvage the vessel and its crew. Unfortunately for them, what they discover has significantly changed from what was lost out at sea four decade's ago! As far as I'm concerned, Plunge, Hill's ode to 80s Sci-Fi horror films like 'The Thing' and 'Aliens', combined with Stuart Immonen's incredible art, is an absolute masterpiece. For a 6 issue limited series to have such well fleshed out characters and a completely gripping story with such an epic conclusion, is a great achievement. I read the single issues as they came out (multiple times!) and it has now been released as an absolutely beautiful hardcover that I'm definitely going to be admiring for years to come (as i'm sure many sci-fi horror, comic book and Joe Hill fan will too!).

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