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Review: Abyss #3 Family Issues

Red Five Comics recently published Abyss #3, by Kevin Rubio and Alfonso Ruiz. If you haven’t read the first issues of this series, please get caught up here.   

The point of this issue is to explain to us the origins of ATOZ, the secret weapon that Eric Hoffman’s father has hidden in his underground lair. Why does everyone want it, what is it? The story involves aliens dropping from the sky, the military claiming ownership of alien technology and finding multiple ways to use it to our advantage, some of them sillier than others. One particular piece of alien technology, something they peg ‘the liquid’ leaves every scientist and engineer baffled as to it’s powers or weaknesses. One particular scientist decides this ‘liquid’ is priceless and succeeds in stealing it from the military. Would you be surprised if it ends up being used for devious purposes?

Fast forward to today and Eric Hoffman is busy cracking a hidden code in his father’s lair through a chess game. ATOZ is revealed and so are visitors. Eric doesn’t seem so bothered that these visitors let themselves into his ‘secret’ lair. He’s distracted by their news that Quiver is missing. The Arrow says he came to see if Eric could help them find her, claims Quiver is “crushing” on Eric.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise ending to this issue, so I’ll just say that we are left wondering who is really who they say they are and what makes ATOZ so damn important to every super hero and villian that knows it exists.

As I’ve said before, this comic series has a great sense of humor. It’s silly and endearing. This issue didn’t offer as much progression in the story as the first 2, but it also didn’t leave me feeling less interested. It’s a well written and colorful comic and well worth checking out, especially if you want a fresh, slightly comedic super hero tale.


Abyss: Family Issues #2

Abyss: Family Issues #2, from Red 5 Comics,  continues the story of Eric Hoffman, a smart and sarcastic teen, taking over his super villian father’s mass riches, businesses and unfortunately his moniker. Eric struggles to change the reputation of Abyss by righting his father’s wrongs and pushing to build new friendships with super heros his father considered enemies. Although he seems to have made a positive impression on some like Arrow, Schaafte and Quiver, others remain skeptical of his true intentions and abilities to keep up. Issue #2 focuses on Eric discovering family secrets via a masked stranger named Pollack who claims to have inside information on Eric’s parents and on some hugely dangerous, sought after weapon Eric’s father kept hidden.

Without giving too much away, let’s say Eric quickly learns why Mr Magic has been particularly critical of him and he finds himself more determined than ever to change that. Again, the art work by Alfonso Ruiz is gorgeous, colorful and textured. This story is full of interesting characters who have yet to become boring. The real star in these comics is it’s sense of humor. It has a great one and laughs at it’s own super hero status quite often.

This series has been a blast so far, funny and clever, wonderfully drawn and always leaving some mystery that brings the reader back for more. If you haven’t already, go back and read the Abyss trade paperback that came before Family Issues, it’s just as much fun and is a great backdrop for what’s to come. I definitely look forward to more Abyss: Family Issues and highly recommend buying these from your local comic book shop.

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