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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 #1

Another new title from Red 5 Comics, Abyss, is created by Kevin Rubio and Alfonso Ruiz. Abyss starts out with good, old fashioned, superhero action. We are thrown into the privileged world of Eric Hoffman, son of the world’s greatest super villian, ABYSS. ABYSS (or Raifer) faked his own death and left his 17 year old son in control of his muti-billion dollar corporation, his secret underground lair and his robot, R.E.D.S. Unfortunately for Eric, his father also left behind a horrible reputation that Eric has chosen to redeem by morphing ABYSS into a superhero. He sets out to look for people in need, using R.E.D.S and all of his father’s high tech weaponry to prove himself.

Not all of his new superhero buddies are so eager to welcome the new kid into the party. Eric is faced with some criticism and a general lack of respect from Mr Magic, who cuts him down and forces him to question himself. He looks to a friend, Blair Butler, aka Quiver, to help him find his purpose and figure out if he’s got what it takes to call himself a “superhero”.

Abyss is a colorful and fun peek into the life of a young billionaire trying to make right with the world for his father’s evil deeds. The story is funny and charming, slightly goofy at times and just a good, classic superhero adventure. Issue #1 leaves us anticipating family secrets and the possibility of a taboo love affair developing.

I’m excited to see where this one goes and looking forward to what I think will be a nicely rounded story.

Abyss: Family Issues #1 is available now from Red 5 Comics.






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