All New Fathom #1 Review

The fifth volume of Michael Turner’s Fathom begins here, but after all the stories, mini-series and one shots has the series lost its sheen?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Aspen:

A new direction in the FATHOM Universe begins!

Michael Turner’s best-selling series has reached its milestone 15-year anniversary! However, Aspen Matthews’ adventure under the surface has no plans of slowing down! Following the devastating events of ‘The Elite Saga’, Aspen Matthews finds herself at a decisive crossroads in her life-with the memories of her past no longer weighing her down, she is finally able to set about building a new life in San Diego once more. But, being the daughter of two worlds is no easy feat-and Aspen will quickly discover the winds of change oftentimes lead directly into the perils of fate!

The ALL NEW FATHOM starts right here!

There’s the world above and the one below the ocean’s surface.  And yes: the tales about the groups therein interacting is still more than worthy of your attention.

The script by David Wohl is fascinating as the long running scribe crafts an easy to follow jaunt that’s dripping with intrigue.  In the wake of Michael Turner’s Fathom: The Elite Saga the scope of the franchise evolves as a familiar threat resurfaces.  Fans will no doubt enjoy the references and adherence to detail within the text of the dialogue.  So much so that they can walk away happily knowing that there’s enough here to make this issue a worthwhile purchase.

Alex Konat handles the art and I have to say his pencil strokes are magnificent. I was impressed with his simplistic panel designs and how they gave way to a tremendous amount of expression and depth.  There were some sequences where forms looked a bit off but trust me these instances were rare in occurrence.  The best compliment I can pay is that I believe the founder of the franchise would be pleased with the elegant execution found in this release.

All New Fathom #1 is an excellent release that’s a solid starting point for eager newcomers.  Recommended.


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