All New Fathom #2 Review

Things are getting complicated beneath the surface, but after fifteen years under the sea should fans even care?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Aspen:

A new direction in the FATHOM Universe begins!

Aspen Matthews is no stranger to bitter reunions, but this one could be her last! As the ice soldiers threaten to wipe out everything in their path- including Aspen, she must also attempt to uncover the mystery of their true intentions, before all of mankind is blanketed by their sub-zero devastation. However, this reunion is nothing compared to the arrival of an old acquaintance, one whom may might help‹or hinder her plan for survival! The ALL NEW FATHOM continues!

There’s so much to love in this new volume I don’t know where to begin.  Let’s start with the fact that this stellar creative team took a strong mini-series and a previous villain, combined them, and came up with something that’s going to change this franchise.

The script by David Wohl from the first page to the final panel ebbs and flows with the fury of the tide.  An easy place to explore is the character work, as the scribe goes full throttle here with a paper-thin narrative that makes use of the already established depth.  The author channels already conceived tensions to illuminate events that have been festering since before this company.  In short: this adventure feels like a change that’s been coming.

Alex Konat handles the art and I have to say the work on display is, to say the least, visually stunning.  The way he realizes some of the more complicated shots simply reminds of the level of skill that originally birthed this tale.  Michael Turner was a talent like no other, so to me, it’s very fitting that his baby is being handled by someone who clearly knows the material and navigates a fine line between remembrance and renewal.

All New Fathom #2 is a quick read that doesn’t break any new barriers, but the creative team nails so many excellent elements that this comic book just has to come highly recommended.

4.5/5

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