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Thursday 16 February 2023

Hexagon Comics: The Lords of the Depths #3 -Oceania

Art by Leone Frollo, Perluigi Sangalli; cover by Mike Hoffman.

7x10 squarebound trade paperback, 
88 p. 
ISBN-13: 978-1-64932-186-2. 

Underwater heroes and amphibian characters from Jules Verne’s famous rogue submariner, Captain Nemo and his myriad imitators, to Marvel’s Sub-Mariner and DC’s Aquaman (1941), have always proved popular with comic book aficionados.

Hexagon Comics introduced their own “Lords of the Depths” in six series, which we have sampled here in three issues. This is the third.

In this volume, meet:

Oceania (1972), drawn by Leone Frollo, in which two members of the Bathy teams, Alan Foster and Robin Mallet, discover an Atlantean outpost and help its inhabitants fight an evil tyrant.

Marino (1974), drawn by Pierluigi Sangalli, is a young orphan who discovers that he can breathe underwater. This is his very first adventure in which, prior to joining the group Kidz, he meets two young Atlanteans, and fights alongside them against the Sirenids.

Currently sold out -this is why I keep telling everyone to buy while they can. Check back at Hexagon every so often to see when (if) it becomes available again

First thing that hit me was that cover. I got a huge nostalgia boost from this and it took me back to the 1970s and the Bristol Book Centre in Gloucester Road and the thousands of pulp novels it was crammed with. That image I would frame and have on my walls (except my walls are full beyond capacity😂)

Oceania is slick black and white work and there are a good few wannabe artists out there who can learn from this. There has to be a giant squid..or two..oh, and sharks. You have to have sharks!  Semi hostile "locals" also helps as do strange lion-type creatures. It's all action and fun.

Marino starts off on a ski slope but soon gathers pace and the action kicks off and it is going to be interesting to see what Hexagon does with this character in future.  The art is -again- slick black and white and I am not familiar with  art so this was a nice introduction. All of this adds to Hexagon's underwater world and considering how much of this planet seas and oceans cover that makes expanding this worth while!

Keep checking the Hexagon site for when this book becomes available and do not miss out!

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