The final chapter in this second volume is here, but does it succeed in delivering a satisfying conclusion? Read on to find out.
The official description from Aspen:
The Blue’s fiercest warrior returns as FATHOM: KIANI vol 2 concludes!
It is civil war amongst the Blue under the surface and no one may survive in this Fathom Universe-shattering conclusion! Kiani and her dissidents find themselves with only one option left in their campaign against Siphon and the Elite Council—they must battle his immeasurable forces for their survival…or die! Yet, the tragedy of events leading to this regrettable war between their own-kind will pale to the shocking actions taken by those who Kiani once trusted! Alliances will be broken, cities will fall and the world of Fathom will never be the same again!
The underwater world associated with Fathom, has been, from the beginning, one that displayed immense visual splendor while belying terrible horrors just beneath its surface. That style continues here with a creative team that challenges themselves and their audience as they offer up a plot that has just enough gumption to push this continuing narrative forward.
Vince Hernandez handles the script and the writer does a great job wrapping up this undersea romp. The dialogue is sturdy and the pacing is even better as this brief part of a continuing saga is aloud to stride toward its finish. Yes, the author allows several plot points to go unresolved but at the same time he delivers a conclusion that will make any longtime fan happy, as our protagonist comes face-to-face with her rather complicated and utterly dysfunctional family.
Oliver Nome does a splendid job on the art as his minimalist tendencies offer some striking visualizations. His pencil strokes highlight the tension and struggle in this rebellion, as the talent carefully crafts the conclusion of this brief war. However there were a few panels that simply looked a tad bit rushed, but overall it didn’t hold back the quality work on display.
Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani (Vol. 2) #4 is an exceptional finish to this latest arc. Recommended.