TheGeek reviews a fresh Fathom #0!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Story by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Alex Konat
Colors by: Beth Sotelo
Cover by: Alex Konat, Michael Turner
Publisher: Aspen Comics
Cover Price: $2.50
The thrilling world below the waves resurfaces this spring—but, everything has changed! Aspen Matthews awakens in an unknown laboratory, heavily secured by armed guards. Uncertain of where she is or what's going on, Aspen must quickly uncover the clues to her present situation. But, what if she's not the one trapped by guards? What if they're the ones trapped by her? And what if the answers she seeks are far more—cataclysmic—than she could ever have anticipated?!? Mystery, adventure, and the truth lie ahead in the pulse-pounding latest chapter of Michael Turner's Fathom!
There are people in our comic book community who dismiss Michael Turner's Fathom as nothing more than eye candy, a product of the 90s' obsession with comic book babes in skimpy clothing. It's fortunate, then, that during the last couple of years creators have taken the task of building her up into someone who's more than the sum of her bikinis.
The latest entry to Aspen Matthews' adventures is Fathom #0, which serves as a prologue to Fathom's latest storyline. This time, our bronzed heroine gets the benefit of having veteran comic book writer Scott Lobdell at the helm. He sounds pretty excited, judging from his interview at the end of the book, which is as good a sign as any that Fathom is in good hands.
Fathom #0 opens up mysteriously enough, as Aspen Matthews wakes up to find she's held captive by mysterious guys in space suits. She doesn't like that one bit, and so a breakout is in order...but what she'll discover in the great outside will shake her beliefs to the core!
Lobdell takes this time to really showcase what Aspen is capable of, as she fights her way out of her prison using her vast water-control abilities. I've read a bit of Fathom myself and I've seen this sort of display before, but I appreciate how Lobdell sets it up to make it easier for newbies to understand what Fathom is all about. You'd be hard-pressed to get lost in this. All you need to know about Fathom is right there to be read and enjoyed, even if it's just for like 13 pages.
Speaking of enjoyment, I'm really digging the new series artist, Alex Konat. The detail on his artwork is mind-blowing, something you need to see to believe. Also, if you've enjoyed seeing Aspen all svelte and graceful, you'll enjoy the raw power Konat brings to Aspen's character here. This is a girl you wouldn't want to mess with at all. There's more concept art by Konat after the main story, if you fancy his work. I know I do.
Fathom #0 does what it set out to do, and did it well. It introduced Fathom to a new cycle of fans while giving longtime readers something tasty to chew on. The strength of the art alone is enough to set this to 'must-buy' status, though I would understand if a sample of story plus a creator interview doesn't equal $2.50 to you. But if you're looking for something different from your comics, Fathom #0 should do the trick.
Review by: TheGeek