DEUS EX is a mini-series based on the popular video game series,
which will be releasing a third installment this year. People
familiar with the game will feel comfortable in the comics
near-future, cyberpunkish world.
The story revolves around Adam Jensen, chief security officer for
Sarif Industries, a leading company in cybernetic research.
Previously losing his arms and legs in a vicious assault, he has
been modified with powerful artificial limbs as well as retinal
augmentations. Trying to maintain his humanity, now that he's lost
so much of it, he finds himself caught up in a bitter feud between
those that have given him new life and those that despise anything
There's quite a bit going on here as Sarif Industries is attempting
to keep itself in power and avoid a takeover from rival companies,
while at the same time deal with these protest groups. Things don't
get any better after a rather public display that only strengthens
the cause against them. Using a weapon developed by Sarif
Industries, themselves, a terrorist kills a group of protestors on
Jensen is soon in the thick of things as he is sent to find a hacker
that supplied the terrorist the plans for the deadly weapon. Tricked
by the enemy, he and a mercenary named Katrina Sutherland,
supposedly on the same trail, almost kill each other before coming
to their senses.
This issue opens with the two of them defending themselves against
an onslaught of artillery when the villains take matters into their
own hands. During the course of the attack, Jensen comes face to
face with someone from his past and things begin to take an even
more personal turn.
Trevor Hairsine's interpretation of this neo-future tale is very
striking. The characters look like they belong in this world, which
seems somehow tainted by the technology that's become so prevalent
there. This is especially noticeable in the difference in style
between the main story and the frequent flashbacks. The past appears
so much cleaner and more stable when compared to the hectic and
darker images Jensen is now surrounded by. Almost as if the life he
now lives is seen through different eyes.
The mortality rate in the comic is high and you definitely feel that
anything could happen in this book. And while it has all the
excitement of a summer blockbuster film, Robbie Morrison keeps a
good grip on the characterization. The chemistry between Sutherland
and Jensen is very promising and I'm sure there's more to learn
DEUS EX is a nice high-octane action-adventure comic that pulls out
all the stops and will appeal to fans of the video game series as
well as movies such as Ghost in the Shell.