Dept. H #1

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Matt Kindt Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 20, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 10
8.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

From New York Times best-selling MIND MGMT creator Matt Kindt comes an exciting new undersea sci-fi mystery.

Mia is a special investigator hired to uncover possible sabotage taking place at a deep-sea research station. What she finds is a mind-blowing crime scene filled with suspects with terrible secrets, strange deep-sea creatures, and an impending flood!

  • 10
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Apr 20, 2016

    DeptH 1 is an excellent start to a new series. The basic setup"a locked-room murder mystery on a deep-sea exploration lab"immediately captures your attention, and the art, pacing, and setting maintains that attention throughout. This is good stuff, people, and well worth checking out. Dr. Josh gives this an". Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Apr 19, 2016

    Team Kindt is on to a winner here, and I'm in…. Deep. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Apr 21, 2016

    Dept. H has sunk its watery teeth into me. This is a first issue that I immediately treasured for its breathtaking aesthetic and compelling narrative. If Matt Kindt hadn't already made a fan of me withMind MGMT, I'd be proclaiming my allegiance after this one issue. If you love mesmerizing stories, you'd best be picking up this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dylan Hicks Mar 23, 2016

    The title is very creative. To the naked eye, it seems a bit on the nose, but if you think about it further, especially as you continue through the story, you can see how much it resonates to the theme of the book. Matt's talent is just unbelievable here. All of the mannerisms he puts into each character tells a larger story than the words could ever. And just like in MIND MGMT, Matt's pencils and inks in this book are, and will be, incredible. I give Dept. H 5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Aj Adejare Mar 23, 2016

    The Kindt's Dept. H put themselves in a position that very few comics tend to position themselves: a self-assured narrative that knows what it wants to portray and details the path it will take. With an interesting setup of Mia's situation, we get a sense of a solid mystery that will grasp the reader's attention and demand it pays attention to everything, less miss out on something great. Tie this in with a good art direction and you have a strong start for the Kindt's Dept. H. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Apr 25, 2016

    The contrast between a deeply personal story and Mia's relative detachment render the Dept. H debut fantastically intriguing. As Mia sets aside emotion in favor of her scientific approach we earnestly root for this woman we know nothing about. I can't recommend this book enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Apr 23, 2016

    Dept. H #1 sets up an unnerving, underwater drama sure to keep the reader on the edge of their seats. I, for one, cannot wait for the next issue. The Kindts have created something really special here- I recommend picking up this issue: there is no way you will be disappointed. Dept. H #1 will be released on April 20th. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Apr 21, 2016

    Dept. H #1 is a wonderful comic with a very complex and interesting protagonist in an even more complex and interesting world deep below the ocean's surface. Matt Kindt's writing is exceptional in how he weaves the internal monologue with the dialogue. Combine this writing with some gorgeous water coloring from Sharlene and you get a top-notch comic with a mystery that you can't wait to solve. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Apr 19, 2016

    The narrow list of suspects for this apparent murder makes the piece all the more fascinating, but not as tantalizing as the possibility that none of the people we've met so far is the killer. Dept. H follows all the hallmarks of a classic Agatha Christie-style whodunit, but nevertheless manages to be shockingly original in its executive, characterization and the precise beauty of its artistic presentation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Mar 22, 2016

    This is an artistically gorgeous book that exemplifies some of the best comics has to offer as a visual storytelling medium. DEPT.H #1 hints at a psychological thriller that blends elements of crime and sci-fi into one curious tale with high stakes for Mia's scientific livelihood and, potentially, far-reaching ramifications for not just her life but the lives of many around the world in what the Kindt hints are tumultuous times. Together, Matt and Sharlene Kindt have crafted an eerie tale of deceit that leaves you sympathetic to the weight bearing down on Mia, not just to find her father's killer, but to make sure that she and the rest of the crew members don't find themselves crushed by the looming pressure of an undiscovered killer - or by the ocean's depths. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 22, 2016

    This is an insanely interesting story with artwork that just further proves the urgency and danger of Mia’s situation. I mean, the design of the suit that she wears is beautiful! We’re going to see things like this throughout the series, I’m sure. Matt Kindt has said that the inspirations for this series include “the 1970s GI Joes, the Fisher-Price Adventure People toy line, Tintin, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Moby Dick, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Sherlock Holmes, Jacques Cousteau, and a healthy fear of drowning.” If you’re into mysteries and enjoy any of the aforementioned influences, join Mia on her underwater adventure! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Robert Reed Apr 20, 2016

    Dept. H is a haunting debut that effectively sets up the whodunit mystery at the heart of the story. Both the writing and the artwork do an excellent job setting up the claustrophobic and dangerous environment that separates the title from so many other murder mysteries. Matt and Sharlene Kindt make for a great 1-2 punch, with good characters and art that is beautiful in its ability to create mood. Dept. H #1 is a must buy for fans of either science fiction or mystery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Aubrey Douglas Apr 20, 2016

    I have a feeling that this is going to be another slow burning story. Not a lot has taken place in this first issue, yet at the same time more has happened than you realize at first. This first issue spent much of its time establishing character relationships and giving you background information on everything. If you go back for a second and third read, you realize that a lot of important details are left for you to find in plain sight. This is definitely worth filling a slot in comics that are worth reading if you are the type of person that likes a nice mystery story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Apr 30, 2016

    Dept. H is a must read series for fans of Matt Kindt's writing AND art. If you loved Mind MGMT, you should be on board for this. If you're unsure, pick up a copy of the issue at your comic shop and flip through it. Does the art appeal to you? If so, buy it and read it, I think you'll enjoy it. This is definitely a series that needs fan support. Kindt makes an appeal to fans in the back saying that the success of any series depends on people buying the book monthly. “Waiting for the Trade” is all well and good, but if enough people do that instead of buying the series as it comes out, there won't be any trades to wait for, the series will end due to low sales. Kindt intends to reward monthly readers by including material every month that will not be reproduced in the collected editions; sketches, pin-ups, articles, process pieces. If you like it, buy it monthly! I am. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Mar 2, 2016

    “Dept. H” #1 is a strong introduction to Matt Kindt's latest series. With an expert eye and sense of delivery, Kindt has begun an intense and unnerving story that takes the best elements of recent series like “The Wake” and “Southern Cross.”With Kindt's perspective and point-of-view, “Dept. H” is already shaping up to be something beyond the pale. I think this is a series that will be an absolute blast to read on a month to month basis, but when it's collected together and complete, it'll be another strong addition to a great cartoonist's bibliography. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 21, 2016

    Aside from having a great name, Dept. H #1 is just a great debut, Matt Kindt rolling out the narrative in a coolly measured, ever escalating manner. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin Apr 21, 2016

    Dept. H #1 gets Matt Kindt‘s latest creator owned series off to a good start, with the man responsible for Mind MGMT introducing us to a captivating new premise. Add to this the enthralling mystery elements and fabulous setting and you're left with a product that begs to be explored some more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Apr 24, 2016

    The art style is very unique. Which allows the uniqueness of the story to be bolstered, as the view transitions. IF only from the brightness of the sun to the darkness of the sea. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Mar 28, 2016

    "Dept. H" #1 connects not because it's pretty, but because it's uneasy; the ongoing sense of pressure and the implication that at least some barriers are ready to burst set up an atmosphere that is compelling in its discomfort. Knowing there's a mystery yet to solve is the tipping point which will convince readers to pick up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Apr 21, 2016

    There’s the occasional fault, mainly in introducing so many characters in such a quick succession, but for the most part it’s a beautiful, enticing read of a first issue that fans of Mind MGMT can rest assured is in keeping with Kindt’s other beautiful, strange and poetic works. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Dennis Burns Apr 22, 2016

    Dept. H is a good comic that I will continue to read for now–but I want a larger mystery to do so. The world will, I'm sure, continue to open up through flashbacks and present-day dialogue, but as a “hook” to reel in readers for the long haul, I felt this intro issue stumbled a bit. Give this series a shot if you're a fan of Kindt's past work and his art, but don't be disappointed if this isn't anotherMind MGMT styled opus–at least not right away. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Apr 20, 2016

    It is a very different kind of story, though, and for readers looking for a change in environment, tone, and genre,Dept H is definitely worth a look. It's undersea, it's exploration, it's human drama, and it's a murder mystery. As Kindt says in his introduction, if you're into any of those things then this book may be for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Project-Nerd - Alex Ampadu Apr 18, 2016

    If you enjoyed Kindt's Mind MGMT, you should find Dept H to be a fulfilling follow up to his previous work. A whodunit murder procedural set in the depths of the ocean, Dept H feels like Murder She Wrote meets 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I wonder if Angela Lansbury could handle the pressure of the deep. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Apr 7, 2016

    So to put things simply, Dept. H, was the opposite of what I expected with strong art and a fairly forgettable story. It would definitely be a mistake to read too much into a single issue of the book as Mind MGMT showed just how slowly and carefully Kindt can build his story into something special. As it is, I am unconvinced Dept H will be a masterpiece, but I will be happy to be proved wrong. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Patrick Healy Apr 20, 2016

    All in all, this a great book to flip through, to encourage an aspiring artist. If you are looking for plot or character development, this book has little depth. Read Full Review

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