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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Roots, once suffocating under cement, tear through the streets of London to throttle buildings. Vegetable homunculi hold up banks with automatic weapons. There is a green and blooming world beyond our own, fighting back against the human pollutant. We will launch a rescue mission to this Otherworld. But it is cruel and unknowable, and should we become tangled in its vines, ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Vault Comics
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Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-netgalley
This has a cool Vertigo feeling to it. Plants are fed up with us and have started to fight back. Just not in a dumb The Happening kind of way. There's some really cool elements here, especially the scene at the bank with vegetable homunculi murdering people. The art is fantastic. Where the book falls apart some is the storytelling is very obtuse. It's not always clear how the scenes fit together or what exactly is happening. Still there's a lot of unrealized potential here.

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Alex Sarll
You know that sense, in the heart of woodland, that you're at once in the most natural of spaces, and somewhere on the brink of the supernatural? This powerfully creepy horror-fantasy sees that super/natural world revolting against humanity, our separation from and our pollution of the whole. It's not the newest idea – Aldiss' Hothouse made a future from Marvell's "Annihilating all that’s made to a green thought in a green shade", and in comics this has been a recurring plot in Swamp Thing (a ch ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I have a little bit of a problem on how to start with the review. I usually do not like comic books that are filled with criticism on any kind of topic (abortions, pollution, climate change, gays, blah blah other things), it starts to bore me very quickly and then I get a huge aversion to similar things. This was exactly the criticism on how people destroy our planet but you could barely feel it. So, what happened? Flora finally said "not anymore this shit" and people are attacked. Believe me, y ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was something! Original, weird story, mixed of two illustrations style and an unique world. This is a great discovery and I’m really glad to pick this one up. If you like strange and original comic book you should definitely try this one!!
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
After the ecological collapse, Planet Earth teaches humans a lesson. Homicidal vegetable homunculi gun down people across the globe. The Otherworld knows no mercy and it seems humanity's only chance is a clandestine organization and its "champion".

The book depicts two worlds and their intersection. We see both man’s world and an ancient vegetative world beneath. I'm impressed with this volume - it gets everything right. Pacing, world-building, characters, and art delighted me. The artwork of Val
Cibele Baron
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mixing two styles of art, two worlds and lots of characters plus a bit of criticism, we have a amazing graphic novel called Deep Roots by Dan Watters and Val Rodrigues.

Earth and man, and myth. Two worlds linked, two worlds being destroyed. Fauna is attacking back, the God Pan is dead.

I really enjoyed the volume 1 of this graphic novel a lot, the art, the colors, the way they told the story. Ot was marvelous.
Wayne McCoy
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Deep Roots' by Dan Watters with art by Val Rodrigues is a weird graphic novel about plants that decide to fight back.

Plants and roots have had enough and they've decided to overthrow humans. Humans, of course, decide to fight back. As buildings become choked with roots and fall, and humanoid plant beings invade, a mission is taken to try to understand what is happening and to take the battle to the plants. Along the way, they meet an ancient warrior, and a man caught in the plant's world for ov
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Deep Roots is a lot like Swamp Thing but with unnatural prose that tries too hard to be something it isn’t. This version of Swamp Thing is called The Sentinel and he wakes from his slumber to muse about tree rings. To distinguish itself from Swamp Thing, the story features some scary bank robbing vegetables and a snooty lady who works for yet another secret X-Files type agency. There's also a plant-based underground called the Otherworld, which seems a lot like Swamp Thing's "the Green." In the ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Sentinel awakens in the Otherworld, a reflection of Earth where creatures of myth live. Humanity’s pollution has affected the land and roused him from slumber.

On Earth there is a heist, a violent one, perpetrated by anthropomorphic brussel sprouts. This kind of thing isn’t a surprise to people like Abigail Hester, but just another in a long line of increasingly improbable plant-related events. Hester runs the 000 Department that deals with “inaccessible phenomena.” In 000 facility, all manne
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Early discussion of us humans not realising that our myths come from an actual place, and not our imagination? Check. Plot that takes Swamp Thing and hugely runs with it? Check. Yes, Gaiman's and Moore's influences are all over these pages. Shame then that ultimately they're just a little too weird for my taste. It's one of those comics that pride themselves in being wilfully awkward to read.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Red Herrings from Hell. I love the way this story is written.

Though it was a tad hard to follow.

The whole environmental aspect was very inventive! And the art was perfectly dark and horrifying.

Eat your vegetables, Kevin.

Thanks to NetGalley, Diamond Comics, and Vault Comics for a copy in return for an honest review.
Nathaniel Darkish
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Though there are some cool ideas present I generally was pretty bored because they characters were flat and the art was awful.
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Dan Watters is a UK based comic book writer. His first book, LIMBO, was released through Image Comics in 2016. He has since written THE SHADOW at Dynamite Comics, and ASSASSIN’S CREED and WOLFENSTEIN for Titan Comics.

Currently he is writing the relaunch of LUCIFER for Vertigo’s Sandman Universe, as well as DEEP ROOTS for Vault Comics. Deeply rooted in London Town, and firmly of the Devil's party.
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