“Wesley is earnest, human, and just plain likable, as is her fellow ranger/boyfriend. I won’t spoil the unusual dangers of the cave they are in, but it makes for some daunting and eerie moments.The bad guys aren’t bland either; they are similarly full of nuance and personality, especially amusing when abrasive (making them excellent villains). Their boss is delightfully scummy as well. The ending of the action was great…” Under the Radar
” Believable and likable characters propel this fast moving tale. Parker presents the separate viewpoints of the factions in an informed manner while successfully maintaining Fischer as the sympathetic protagonist. Lieber’s excellent storytelling and vibrant art really shines, especially in the tense underground chase scenes, where he expertly combines peril with wonder. ” Rick Klaw at the SF Site
“Underground is one of those rare finds that comic book reviewers crow about. Adding to the atmosphere of the series is the dynamic coloring that pulls readers into the subterranean world of caves that feels so full of possibility and drama that the cinematic air of the series comes alive.” Daily Pop
“Those of us who are always demanding clever, tough ladies in lead roles will enjoy meeting cave geek Wesley Fischer, and those of you who want exciting comics without superheroes and lasersharking will be equally happy.” Not Falling Down
I’ve seen copies. Held them in my hand. Even sketched in one that was waiting for the buyer to get it from his pull-box. So you can totally ask for it at your local shop. And if they don’t have it in stock, you can get a (signed! sketched!) copy from Periscope’s Etsy store. I’ll make Parker and Chan sign it, too.
In other news, I am old. Many thanks to everyone for your kind wishes!
Since the Underground trade paperback is supposed to be shipping this week, I thought now would be a good time to put this piece up:
It’s Wes, working her way up a serious vertical climb. For me, sketching doesn’t get much more enjoyable than this. I could draw that every day.
Jeff Parker and I are getting up crazy early tomorrow to catch a plane to Salt Lake City. if you’re in the area, head over to Dr. Volt’s where we’ll be signing and sketching like crazy.
And here’s the cover to Underground #4!
“…a slow burn early on that leads to an explosive finish that has the reader begging for the next issue. Underground strikes a delicate balance between plot and character development and immerses the reader into the town of Marion.” Stumptown Trade Review
“Parker has managed to find time in his busy schedule of revamping the EXILES book (which I am loving, by the way) to come up with this grounded and interesting story. Lieber’s art is more than decent; gritty and real without being too dark or jaded, synonymous with the script, and as stated before, the opening sequence hit a very haunting note. If you are interested in nature, be it human or earth related, UNDERGROUND is worth checking out.” Avril Brown, Comics Waiting Room
“Parker’s writing is great here. He does a good job in Underground with the many different aspects of the story. Parker’s control of the romantic dialogue, witty banter, and mysterious foreshadowing does the comic well. Lieber is no slouch either as his artwork really brings Wesley and the cast alive with the excellent detail in both facial features and background work.” Aaron Albert, About.com
“While fans might know him from his adept handling of diverse superhero characters, they still might be surprise by the subtlety and suspense Underground #1 provides.Neither Lieber’s facility with “normal” humans nor his status as a superb storytelling craftsman are anything new, but he seems to be exceptionally matched with Parker for this project. The characters seem real, the pace subtly ensnares you, and the project is filled with potential.” J. C. Vaughn ,Scoop.
“This is the way comic books should always be done; sharp dialogue, crisp art and dynamic colors all mixed in equal, complimentary parts. In case I’m not getting my point across, this is a five-star, two thumbs up kind of book that you really don’t want to miss. Underground #1 is my favorite single issue so far this year and I’m confident it’ll be yours. “ Joseph Dilworth, Pop Culture Zoo
“I find the whole story setup very interesting. It highlights a very topical conflict when it comes to caves, that is the age-old commerce vs. conservation argument, and does so unobtrusively within the context of the story. Characterization is strong, as is to be expected from Parker.” Johnny Bacardi, The Johnny Bacardi Show
“I had the chance to read a preview copy, and I was impressed by how quickly I got to know and care about the characters, as well as the (literal) cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read more!” Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading