Matt and Sharlene Kindt continue to unfold the mystery of who killed the director of Dept. H, an undersea research facility located six miles below the surface of the ocean. Chief investigator is scientist Mia and the stakes are personal: It’s her father who was killed. Her brother Raj works on the base too, but could he be a suspect? Or is it one of the other denizens of the fishbowl that is the facility? With six miles of ocean above, it’s a sure bet no-one swam up to the airlock, popped in, caused his death, and left again.
Issue #2 ended with Mia outside, exploring a damaged undersea cable, and sinking out of control in her ultra-deep suit. In Dept. H #3 the story opens with a flashback to Mia’s childhood where she explains to us readers that she’s always been so tenacious that she is physically unable to quit, even in a situation where her life is in danger. Obvious foreshadowing for the rest of the Dept. H. mystery!
Taking her last gasps, she’s rescued by one of the other people from the research facility and when she’s pulled back in and recovers her wits, she realizes that someone else important is still outside, in the deeps. But who will help rescue him, particularly when Lily is busy making snarky comments to Mia about the men on the station and scientist Jerome seems to have gone completely bonkers. That’s a lot going on for a deep sea research station with less than a dozen people on board. And for that matter, what research is really happening in Dept. H?
This issue is a fine third installment of this increasingly compelling mystery and I’m ready for #4 to come out already! After all, I have my theories about what’s transpired…