Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani (vol.3) #4 Review

Should fans finish this volume? Read on to find out.

The official description from Aspen:

Kiani has risen!

The stakes are higher than ever for Kiani, as she must find a way to overcome Luzhin and his soldiers in order to discover the whereabouts of her sister, Anika. However, Luzhin’s technology has allowed him to siphon the power of her Elite Blue blood, creating an infinitely more powerful adversary hell-bent on destroying her existence because of her betrayal!

Fathom-Kiani v3 4_Variant CoverThere have been quite a few additions to this franchise over the years but I have to say that since The Elite Saga wrapped I’ve never been more excited to see what comes next. And as this release comes to a close that opinion is only amplified by the events therein.

Vince Hernandez knows exactly how to play our elite fighter and as this outing shows the author plots with an uncanny speed. By that skill we’re given a yarn that, through both Kiani and her audience, feels natural and absolutely worthwhile. He has the ability to give what could have been dismissed as a shallow characterization some depth during a few crucial moments. Especially when our protagonist faces down the boss of this affair, Luzhin. Add in the shocking twist at the end and the wait for volume four just seems far too long.

Following Trish Out of Water and this issue Giuseppe Cafaro has officially been cemented in my mind as one of the artists that truly deserve to cultivate a fan following. The way the talent effortlessly builds this ocean bound world while giving it solid levels of life is exactly what the text called for and more. Add in the detailed battles and soft touches for emotional cues and the end product is captivating. When you add in the dynamic palette offered up by Wes Hartman the package yields a very impressive display indeed.

Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani (vol.3) #4 wraps up its arc in the right way. Granted it all comes to an end with a striking cliffhanger but I still managed to leave this one satisfied. Recommended.

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