Michael Turner’s Fathom: The Elite Saga #2 Review

As the event moves forward, is this really something that’s honestly worthy of fifteen years of history?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Aspen:

Anya rises above the surface and right into the hands of the US Government, in order to get the attention of Aspen Matthews, her last resort for help under the surface. Meanwhile, Killian relentlessly continues his search to unite his family once again, by confronting the pain and destruction of his past in the treacherous lava city of Aescylot. However, the Blue’s new Elite Commander will discover the city of fire has ushered forth a new savior-and she is no stranger to Killian!

Heroes and villains exist on opposite ends, even in a saga as emotionally charged as this one that fact remains true.  But when it comes to the humans and the Blue there are plenty of subtle shades of grey to be sure and the creative team knows it.  So what do they do?  They embrace and expand on that.

The script by J.T. Krul is pulsating with emotion as it slowly but surely moves the players toward whatever conclusion the seasoned author has in mind for them.  He brings forth characters and elements that have been absent, while still finding a way to bridge both the past and the future of this franchise.  Sadly even in the wake of some honest discovery there were some spotty moments that seemed sullied by unnecessary exposition. as the pace of the issue felt slightly bogged down.

V. Ken Marion brings his pencil to this water based universe, and the results are splendid.  From the protagonist to her enemies all of their characteristics and features are accounted for.  There were a few moments that lacked a steady and consistent rendition that the series found under the watchful eye of other talents, but the summation of the work on display did more than enough right to hold my attention.

Michael Turner’s Fathom: The Elite Saga #2 is a splendid release that plays with the toys that are available, as it methodically marches the narrative forward.  Recommended.

3.5/5

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