Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist/Cover artist: Steve Lieber
Colors: Ron Chan
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $3.50 US
While writer Jeff Parker’s name is a fairly prominent one at Marvel Comics these days, it was the strength of the artist’s reputation on this creator-owned book that caught my attention and drew me in. I’ve been a fan of Steve Lieber’s work since reading Whiteout about a decade ago, and any new work from this talent is cause to celebrate. Underground is no exception. Given the title, the plot and characters are fittingly down to earth. While the plot incorporates action and a level of tension one doesn’t usually encounter in everyday life, there are other elements in the core conflict that are quite familiar and credible. I’m most interested in the conflict between conservationism and community economics, as it’s easy to see and appreciate both sides’ arguments. Ultimately, what sells the story are the characters, and they’re quite well realized, both in concept and visually.