Michael Turner’s Fathom: The Elite Saga #5 Review

Did this series set the stage for the next evolution in the franchise, or did it turn out to be just a waste of your money and time?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Aspen:

The most epic storyline in Fathom¹s 15-year history reaches its finale!

The future of the Fathom Universe will be forged as Anya¹s quest to reunite with her kidnapped‹and extremely powerful‹daughter brings her to a place that Aspen Matthews remembers all too well. Here, in the place where it all started, the battle for the baby¹s life, as well as their own, will be waged… and no one is certain to survive!

When it comes to the underwater adventures of our plucky protagonist, Aspen Matthews, there have been ups and downs.  This outing proved to be a quality release so much so that by the end, despite it dipping on the negative side, the creative team delivered an ending that’s going to have people talking.

Vince Hernandez pens the script and he makes good on the promise of this little yarn.  What happens by the finale will change the future of the title but there were some moments where I found myself a bit underwhelmed by the dialogue.  These minor hiccups did little to sully a road that was littered with enough juicy plot points to make up for questionable choices.  As these delicious morsels added dimension to make the closing decisions important to the greater tale. 

The art by V. Ken Marion has certainly improved since the inaugural issue of this event, as his pencil strokes easily bring to life the underwater world of the Blue.  The talent emulates and expands on the scope of the franchise, while seamlessly developing his own style.  I did find some of the forms to be a tad bit off but the emotional ques were there when the narrative needed them to be, and the results were powerful.

Michael Turner’s Fathom: The Elite Saga #5 does enough right as it places pieces in their prime positions in what feels like the calm before the next storm. Recommended.


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