Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fathom #6

It's interesting that we're seeing something of a resurgence in underwater heroes.

Fathom is the top title for Aspen Comics, Namor is an active part of the Avengers vs. X-Men series, and even the long-abused Aquaman is one of DC's top-selling titles.

Given the size and mystery of the ocean, it makes sense that those characters would have lots of storytelling potential - and it's great to see it being realized.

This issue of Fathom, written by David Wohl and Scott Lobdell, places the title character in the role of leading a rescue. A friend has transformed her physiology to allow her to survive under the ocean, but she's being held prisoner.

It's certainly not a good idea to get on the bad side of a character as powerful - and determined - as Aspen Matthews. But not everything goes as planned...

The art is by Alex Konat, and it's very good, with a rich, textured look to the environment, expressive characters and (of course) lovely, powerful women.

It's a series that makes good use of its exotic setting and its diverse characters and conflicts. There's nothing soggy about this series (sorry, couldn't resist).

Grade: B+


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