Monday, March 10, 2014
Straight Forward Reviews : Fathom : Kiani # 1
Writer - Vince Hernandez
Artist - Giuseppe Cafaro
Publisher - Aspen
Review by Jeremias de Leon
The story starts off in a way that seems like the right thing to do for introducing a new arc and re-introducing a character. It's a little cliché to have her run into normal people who happen to have a kid that thinks the protagonist is cool. But at the same time it makes sense for her being someone from below the waters and doesn't really hang out much on the surface before to be in a remote area and run into locals that would either be fishers or farmers. She can't just pop up from the ocean depths into the middle of a major urban population. It doesn't waste time with these locals either and when they are seen they do seem to do some good in humanizing her. If not that, at least grounding her.
The other part of the story focuses on people who want to obtain her for scientific purposes. Although there is action in this comic, most of it is focused on setting the stage for what's to come and not so much on super powers and fighting. In this issue it's all about knowing who the characters are and what they want so you can get invested in them first.
The art in this is gorgeous. If the reader is someone who can't keep their attention on something unless an explosion happens the beautiful art should keep them occupied. Which is a good thing since you'll want to know everything that's said in this issue. The colorist Wes Hartman seemed to know exactly which hues to use on every page and it really makes Giuseppe's lines come alive. Just about every page has at least one panel that I wouldn't mind having a really big version of to hang on my wall.
This comic has gorgeous art both lines and colors. It has a story that seems to be different than most other comics about super powered people. It could be said this comic is therapeutic in a way, just pick it up and relax with the beautiful art and get inside the extraordinary life of Kiani. I give Fathom : Kiani # 1 a 9 out of 10.