Plunge #1

Writer: Joe Hill Artist: Stuart Immonen Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 19, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 27
7.9Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

In the aftermath of a devastating tsunami, an exploration vessel known as the Derleth begins sending an automated distress signal from a remote atoll in the Bering Strait. The only problem is that the Derleth has been missing for 40 years. Marine biologist Moriah Lamb joins the Carpenter Salvage team to recover the Derleth's dead...only to find that in this remote part of the Arctic Circle the dead have plenty to say to the living...Joe Hill and Stuart Immonen's Plunge into terror begins here!

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Feb 19, 2020

    This first issue is excellently written all across the board from story, to dialogue, to character development, and with excellent art. You end the issue not only wanting to find out what's happening with this boat but giving a damn about the characters and wanting to see more of them. Unlike the other Hill House comics, it has more of a horror movie feel to it than an indie horror comic feel, too. So if the other Hill House books aren't your thing for whatever reason but you still want some horror, you should give this one a try. It's a near-perfect first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 19, 2020

    Plunge #1 is a fantastic debut. It's a must for horror fans and especially for those who like films like the Abyss, Jaws, and Leviathan. We're just in the setup phase but the mix of characters and missions creates a start that's beyond engaging and a hell of a beginning. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Feb 19, 2020

    It should come as no surprise then that I am recommending any horror fan to go out and pick up this series. There are a lot of very familiar themes here that, along with the combined skills of the creative team, results in what could end up becoming a truly great horror story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Feb 19, 2020

    I was not expecting to like Plunge #1 as much as I did. I mean I knew the visuals would be spectacular with Stewart Immonen and Dave Stewart but I am not a big "horror" person and as most people know hate being scared. Plunge #1 just had a wonderfully creepy, ominous vibe to it that just sucked me right in. The story and characters were all engaging and really just captured me throughout the issue. After the last page, I immediately wanted more. It is not gory scary or visually scary. It just has a delightful ominous dreadful tone to it that engulfs you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 19, 2020

    The Plunge #1, Joe Hill's second book for the Hill House line and Stuart Immonen's return to monthly comics is also the most traditional horror book in the line, but that's not a criticism. The Plunge is a highly effective thriller that plumbs the depths of the most eldritch location we know " the ocean. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Feb 19, 2020

    While it's not common for first issues to display this much of a "slow burn", DC gives faith in Hill and Immonen to deliver a fine level of horror in the sea. This is genuinely a good book, that really lets us see how characters are important for the comics medium. Sadly, I fear what horrors Hill and Immonen have in store for them. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geek'd Out - Michael Thao Feb 19, 2020

    This issue could very well just be suffering from first issue-itis, and I think Hill is an experienced enough writer that we can expect to see some more interesting character beats as issues come out. But for now, the art and the continuing mystery of the Dereleth is what is propelling this story forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Feb 19, 2020

    I enjoyed my time reading Plunge #1. And with all the introductions of both cast and situation out of the way, I feel ready for Hill and company to really pick things up with the next issue. The last page serves up a cliffhanger that I'm intrigued to find out more about. I'm definitely ready to take the plunge again when issue two drops. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Feb 19, 2020

    Given the experience of Hill and Immonen, however, we won't be surprised if Plunge sets the standard for horror comics that explore the darkest parts of the planet, both literally and figuratively. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Feb 24, 2020

    As a first issue, Plunge #1 is a solid read, but it’s also weirdly weighed down by exposition and set-up. It’s structured to get us from Point A to Point B in this issue where Point B is the cliffhanger to get us back for Point C. It’s episodic television structure that prompts you to tune in next month for the next exciting issue of this basic cable thriller, but it's more exciting because of Immonen and Stewart’s work than for Hill’s writing. As a set-up to the rest of the series, this issue establishes everything it needs to before its second issue, even if it don't necessarily create a lot of excitement for it. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 20, 2020

    No need to take the plunge with this one in floppies, this is likely trade-waiting bait all the way. Read Full Review

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