The inmates of an extensive underground prison struggle to build meaningful lives in a broken system, in the most ambitious graphic novel to date from rising indie star Chris Gooch (Bottled and Deep Breaths).
Chris Gooch (b. 1993) is a cartoonist based out of Melbourne, Australia. His first graphic novel, Bottled, was published in 2017, followed by Deep Breaths, a short story collection, in 2019. He recently won the Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Prize for "Mooreland Mates," one of the short stories collected in Deep Breaths, and a Ledger Prize for Bottled.
Gooch builds to a brutal climax before offering a deeply tender, legitimately moving denouement... A perfectly paced page-turning meditation on the possibility of grace from a creator who grows more impressive with every release. -- Library Journal (starred review)
The hyper-grim focus amplifies the significance of every act of kindness, making those moments surprisingly moving. Told with superb rhythm, this pitch-perfect thriller gets dystopia down right. -- Publishers Weekly Elevated by Gooch's spare, evocative artwork, Under-Earth is an expertly crafted, at times meditative, thriller that will have you on tenterhooks as you follow the protagonists' attempts to survive a brutal dystopian system with their humanity somehow intact. -- Sonny Liew, author of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye