Deep Roots #2 Review: A Mysterious and Compelling Eco-Narrative

The two women who were dropped into the other world find the wandering farmer whom has been walking this realm for centuries. They help him understand what has happened to him. One of the women sees visions of this realm's warrior knight. Back in London, the buildings are beginning to rapidly rot, and the powers that be must find a response to save lives and the city.

Deep Roots #2 cover by Val Rodrigues
Deep Roots #2 cover by Val Rodrigues

Deep Roots #2 continues its bizarre narrative primarily in the other world. It's vague and hard to follow, but its characters are interesting and strong. The broad strokes of the story are clear; there is another world dominated by intelligent plant life which our waste is destroying. That other world is invading and fighting back.

The rules and specifics of this other world are where things get esoteric. It's hard to know what exactly is being conveyed in this other world. That's not entirely bad, as the book does give you something to follow. That said, we are expected to be attached to these two leads already despite the first issue barely establishing any characters and instead cycling through a few characters it kills off before arriving at these true leads.

I'm sounding a bit harder on this comic than I intend. I genuinely enjoyed Deep Roots #2 and all its bizarre and vague wonderfulness. Plus, it importantly gives the reader some grounded details and characters to attach themselves upon.

Deep Roots #2 art by Val Rodrigues and Triona Farrell
Deep Roots #2 art by Val Rodrigues and Triona Farrell

The artwork of Val Rodrigues and Triona Farrell is very strong, giving this universe its own distinct style with gritty detailing and strange textures. The other world has a unique and appealing visual identity entirely its own. The color work is sickly and unnerving, showing how alien the other world is to our own. This is a gorgeous comic book.

Deep Roots #2 is a strong follow-up to the opening of this Vault Comics series. We have main characters to follow, enticing artwork to study, and a strange yet intriguing plot to engage with. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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