Monday, April 28, 2014

Fathom: Kiani #2

   It's good to shake things up from time to time.

   Up until this point, the character Kiani has been something of a force of nature - a fighter with few equals.

   Being from the undersea race known as The Blue, she's spent virtually her whole life in that realm - but now she is trying to take control of her life, so she comes to the surface world and makes new friends.

    But her life is soon disrupted by an insistent Russian scientist who reveals he's from the same underwater race - so (for somewhat mysterious reasons), Kiani decides to cooperate with his research - but the results will be explosive.

   It would be easy to criticize this comic for having virtually no action in it - there's a lot of backstory revealed and a new ally (or is he?) to discuss - but I've had a peek at the next issue and it'll more than make up for the calm tone here.

   As always, Giuseppe Cafaro's art is excellent, loaded with strong layouts, great characters and (naturally) beautiful women.

    And give writer Vince Hernandez credit for taking this story in an unexpected direction - the comic book standard would have included a mindless brawl - instead, we get a thoughtful exchange.

Grade: B+


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