Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fathom: The Elite Saga #5 (of 5)

It must be Fathom month for Aspen Comics, as this issue wraps up The Elite Saga, and Wednesday sees the publication of a new series starring the character.

This mini-series seems to be an attempt to wrap up some long-running storylines with a bang. It brings together Fathom and the warrior Kiani as they team up to try to rescue an infant - Killian's child - from a monster.

And that's my two-fold problem with the issue. There's lots of action and high-stakes fighting going on - but I really don't care for stories that put infants in danger (it's a pet peeve), and there's a lot of that going on here.

The other problem is that Kiani does most of the heroic heavy lifting - Aspen doesn't really do much of anything. Isn't that her name over the title?

Those minor gripes aside, it's a solid action issue that sets up the next round of adventures.

The art by V. Ken Marion and Mark Roslan is quite good, with strong layouts, good character designs and lots of good girl art on display.

Fathom is Aspen's longest-running character, and the next issue - costing only a dollar - promises to be a great jumping-on point for new readers who might be lost sorting out the large undersea cast.

Grade: B


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