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Review: Action Comics #20

Action-Comics_20_FullAction Comics #20 is the middle issue of the three part story offered up by the creative team of Andy Diggle and Tony S. Daniel. Even though Diggle has already left the title and Daniel is on his way out with the conclusion of this arc, so far they have delivered on the title’s namesake. Giving us a story that is packed with plenty of action, Diggle and Daniel provide the comic book that we’ve been waiting for since the New 52 began. Scott Lobdell will be taking over writing duties on Action Comics and, perhaps as a preview of what’s to come, he writes a backup story that takes us to Krypton.

The Dialogue:

This issue has dialogue that is packed with information. Not a single word is wasted here as there doesn’t seem time for idle prattle. Everyone in the issue carries a distinct voice. I really enjoy how Lex’s dialogue is being written as there’s a sense of calm in every word he says. It’s as though he’s constantly in control and because of this, always maintains his composure. When the action picks up pace, the dialogue almost disappears and the action becomes the story. I like this separation as it allows us to focus more on the wonderful art provided by Daniel.

The Art:

Speaking of the wonderful art, Tony S. Daniel has done an amazing job with this run. His effort should be commended as he not only draws the issue, but at this point taken over writing as well. Pulling double duty could easily allow him the leeway to produce subpar work. But he doesn’t. I really enjoy his Superman and the paneling is very creative in some areas. The coloring was very vibrant and fit the mood of each scene very well, even the red monotone that was used to depict several panels. Page 13 is my favorite as Daniel captures Superman’s resilience perfectly. My hope is that Daniel finds his way back to a Superman title someday.

What I Loved:

What’s not to love? This title has really shined since Morrison’s run ended. Diggle and Daniel’s departure from the series is really a travesty given the great work they’re putting out. The art and the story are really working well together here. While the truth is that Diggle has already left and Daniel is finishing out the story based on the writer’s notes, the final product is still a culmination of two people that love this character. There is no mistaking that they wanted to bring this title back from the convoluted, steaming pile of trash that Morrison gave us for 18 issues.

What I Hated:

The backup story left much to be desired. I’ve really been enjoying Lobdell’s work on Superman. While I look forward to him taking over Action to provide some uniformity between the two books, I don’t feel the backup story is necessary here. Perhaps he’s setting up for his first arc, which isn’t unheard of, but it just seems like he’s getting ready to tell a story we’ve heard before. I’m not sure how it’s going to mesh with what’s going on in the current DCnU. There’s one line in particular that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. One of the Kryptonian’s paraphrases a famous Shakespearean line from Hamlet. While it’s possible that the reference was done merely to provide some levity, as a fan of Shakespeare I picked up on it and it felt out of place. Admittedly I’m probably nitpicking here.

Favorite (non-spoilerish) Line:

“More important, remember to keep your eyes open. Here endeth the lesson.” – Lex Luthor after teaching his Jujitsu instructor a lesson.

 

In Conclusion:

This book, while coming in at an expensive $3.99, will be worth the money if you’re a current subscriber of Action comics. Being that it’s in the middle of an arc, I would suggest picking up issue #19 before diving into it if you’re looking for a jumping on point. The story is great, the art is superb and we’re heading for an epic showdown in the next issue that you won’t want to miss!

 

Story: 8.5   Art: 9   Overall: 9   Recommendation: Buy

 

Book Credits:

Writer: Andy Diggle and Tony S. Daniel Pencils: Tony S. Daniel Inks: BATT and Daniel Colorist: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual Cover Art: Daniel & BATT with Morey Associate Editor: Rickey Purdin Editor: Eddie Berganza Publisher: DC Comics Cover Date: July 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 US Title: “Hybrid pt. 2”

 

 

Review: Superman #19

Cover Superman #19Superman #19 gives us a WTF certified gatefold cover where we see Wonder Woman holding him back as he wipes blood from his mouth, surrounded by rubble. When you open the gatefold; there stands Orion, gripping Superman’s cape in his hand, hovering above. There is a lot happening in this book with plot elements setting up future stories and Scott Lobdell is really starting to have fun as he’s settled in quite nicely shaping the Man of Steel’s comic book world.

The Dialogue:

I really enjoyed the dialogue in this issue with the exception of one thing. There is a scene where Superman is talking out loud to himself about what he did and what he’s going to do. This seemed a bit like the old Super-Friends cartoon where he would spell things out for the viewer at home who didn’t know what he was capable of. He’s Superman, what can’t he do? Anyways, I thought this would’ve been a great opportunity to show off some narrative skills, but Lobdell chooses to let Superman talk out loud to himself. Also, Perry White is highly enjoyable in a J.K. Simmons sort of way. If this is the way Lobdell will continue to write him, we need more Perry!

The Art:

Kenneth Rocafort is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists. When Jim Lee decides to retire from drawing (which I hope his hand falls off before that happens), Rocafort could be my go to guy. His style fits this genre perfectly and the perfect adjectives escape me right now. He doesn’t use traditional panels as they splash all over the page with really unique framing that screams science fiction. The colors by BLOND are well blended, especially in the beginning where we get a glowing effect from Superman’s foes. The blur effect from anything happening at super speed in the book are nicely done as well. It seems like the Superman scenes have very ‘busy’ backgrounds, while Clark’s backgrounds are more relaxed and simplified. I really enjoy that symbolism in the art.

What I Loved:

The setups. This book gets the ball rolling on future plot points, not only by introducing Hector Hammond, but the Allysun and the people made of red sun particles. These will provide some great stories to tell in the future. Not to mention the discussion of Lois and Jonathan’s ‘soon-to-be’ roommate. That will definitely be something to keep an eye out for. I can’t imagine how that can end well for anyone involved.

What I Hated:

Superman’s need to talk out loud to himself. I really think at times the story could benefit from some narrative, rather than hearing him talk to no one. As I mentioned earlier, it seems a bit on the campy, cartoony side of things to have Superman talk about using his powers to do something. I would love a little box, that describes what’s happening and why. Remember those? Remember when comic books provided narrative and told a story rather than the characters setting it up for us? Then later we get thought bubbles! So, why is he talking out loud to himself at one point…but later decides it’s better to keep his thoughts to himself. This back and forth is a bit strange to me.

Favorite (non-spoilerish) Line:

“Honestly, if I didn’t have three ex-wives to support and a prostate the size of the weekend edition, I probably would have joined you when you walked out that door, kid.” – Perry White during a ‘heart-to-heart’ talk. If this is how Perry is going to be…we need more Perry!

 

In Conclusion:

This book is a must have if you’ve been reading Superman already, I don’t need to tell you that because you already understand how great Lobdell and Rocafort have been together. But if you haven’t been reading, and are looking for a place to jump on board, this is a great place to start. With new villains, old villains and hints of things to come this book is setting you up for a great future run.

 

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 

Book Credits:

Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Kenneth Rocafort Colorist: BLOND Letterer: Rob Leigh Cover Art: Rocafort Editor: Eddie Berganza Assistant Editor: Anthony Marques Publisher: DC Comics Cover Price: $2.99 US Title: “Look Who’s Flying to Dinner”

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Review – Requiem’s Batman Incorporated #9, Teen Titans #18, Nightwing #18 and Red Hood and the Outlaws #18

Batman Incorporated #9

batman incorporated #9 coverThe fallout from last month’s shocking turn of events has Batman on the run! Is The Dark Knight a murderer? Batman Inc. is still battling their foe, Leviathan. This is the continuation of the previous issues shocking event. Batman and his allies deal with the death of Robin and getting their collective butts handed to them.

This issue is filled with sorrow. There’s also another death of a Batman Inc. member that has to be dealt with and that’s done as well. But, again, there’s a lack of emotional heft that I’ve felt has been an issue with a lot of the  “Requiem” tie-in comics.

Morrison, in the last issue, gave us what should have been an emotional and shocking moment. Instead, it came off as a stunt in that issue. Here, I’d hope for a melancholy issue full of emotional outpouring. Instead it feels like the regrouping of Batman and his allies after getting their asses handed to them.

There just hasn’t been a reflection that I’ve been hoping for. Face it, this isn’t the first time Batman has gotten a kid killed. You’d think there’d be some more reaction, just based on that.

Much like most of what I’ve read of Morrison’s the story jumps around, almost to the point of choppiness. I know some folks are huge fans, but I’m not one of them. I can only recommend this issue for folks who have been keeping up with the storyline. Definitely not a point for new readers to jump on and find out what’s going on.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Chris Burnham and Jason Masters

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Teen Titans #18

Teen Titans #18 coverUnknown to the Teen Titans, Red Robin’s condition is worsening after the events of “Death of the Family.” And now Red Robin must face an even greater tragedy! The new Dr. Light is coming for Solstice! Guest-starring the Suicide Squad!

Red Robin (was he a Robin? I’m kind of confused) is a close member of the Batman family and here he deals with the death of Damian in some pretty touching scenes. They’re a little by the books, but still touching.

What’s good though is Lobdell uses this death to focus on Red Robin’s mission. He formed the Teen Titans to protect super powered teens. With the death of Damian, he failed. And there’s all the other death’s on his hands. He’s not doing so hot when it comes to his mission.

So, he takes the Teen Titans on a mission to free another teen from Amanda Waller’s prison. That puts them directly in the cross hairs of the Suicide Squad. Lots of fighting ensues and it’s entertaining.

There’s also a nice twist, but that I don’t want to give away.

Overall, the issue feels like a bit of a kick start and mission statement for the series. Nice to see the death of a character lead in a positive direction and used for the narrative good, instead of just shock.

Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Nightwing #18

Nightwing #18 coverDick Grayson lost so much during “Death of the Family” that some new events are going to push him right over the edge! Nightwing has almost no hope left until the chance for vengeance presents itself. What decisions will he make?

We know there’s some big changes in store for Dick Grayson. With the next issue, he heads to Chicago, so this issue is a bridge between the death of Damian and his new location. It’s a reflection of the past as well as a look towards the future.

The issue feels like it’s an attempt to wrap up some plot points and ghosts haunting Grayson. He still spent time as Batman in the New 52, so he was a partner of Damian’s. The death of his former partner weighs on him, as well as his past role as Robin. And out of all of the characters, his seems to be the most emotional and believable. There is some catharsis and reaction here that totally makes sense. And it’s more than welcome, since it’s missing from a few other issues where it should have been more prevalent.

The issue is solid for another reason, it’s a good jumping on point. There’s some big changes coming for Nightwing, and this is the point new readers can hop on to find out this change’s motivation. It accomplishes two things, allows Nightwing to deal with the past and look towards the future. It’s one of the best of the “Requiem” tie-ins.

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Roger Bonet

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18 coverJason Todd suffered terribly at the hands of The Joker in “Death of the Family,” and now he’s changing the Outlaws’ mission! Something is bound to break with all that’s happened…will it be Jason’s soul?

So, did Jason die in the New 52? I stopped reading this series only a few issues in, so not sure what was retconned and which is still events. But, I’m going to assume that Jason was still killed at the hands of the Joker, instead of just being beaten severely.

So, you’d think next to Batman, Jason would be the most affected. Especially since the Joker tortured him a bit more than the rest. The story is two parts. There’s Jason struggling with his torture. The other part deals with Bruce/Batman dealing with the fact he has failed twice now when it comes to Robins.

First, there’s the pseudo issue with the fact this has Batman sitting around a lot when the other issues has him acting a lot and getting his aggression out by beating people up.

Then there’s what’s going on within Jason’s psyche. I really don’t know much about his coming back from the dead and whatever else was referenced in this issue. It’s interesting, but predictable. I’m sure there’s more to it for long time readers and fans.

The issue had a bit of the emotion other issues of “Requiem” has missed. It’s a predictable issue, but a decent read.

Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Timothy Green II

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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Review – DC Comics’ Katana #1, Batman #17 and Batman: The Night of Owls

Katana #1

Katana_1From the pages of Justice League of America and Birds of Prey, Katana gets her own ongoing series! Katana is a former assassin on a noble quest to restore the Outsiders to their former glory. Will she succeed, or will she be overcome by the power of her sword, the SoulTaker?

As a new series from DC Comics, I was very interested in seeing what the first issue would be like, I was very intrigued. Part of that came from the fact that I was completely blank as to who this character is and any of her history. I read some of Birds of Prey, but not enough that I know really anything about Katana and her backstory. With that being the case, one would hope a new series would be new reader friendly, even with a character established in another comic. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case here.

We’re dropped into he story with Katana on a mission. We’re given hints as to all of this, something about a sword, something about honor but it’s not really explained. The sword part is clear enough, but not the whole Outsiders thing.

Then there’s the story itself which attempts to have an Far Eastern style to it. Instead it comes off as choppy and at parts incoherent. It’s a good effort, but falls flat for me. And, we’re given little about the character. There’s not much there to get me to connect with her or care about her journey.

Add in some strange events, a trip to a madam and looking at some girl’s tattoos, a fight at the end which seems out of place. It’s a bit muddled and a mess.

The series tries to do some interesting things, but falls flat for me. Maybe it’s better for fans of the character, but as someone who is essentially a new reader, it fails in the first issue’s two objectives, to get me interested and caught up.

Story: Ann Nocenti Art: Alex Sanchez

Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

Batman #17

BM_Cv17This is it: The stunning conclusion to “Death of the Family”! Who lives? Who dies? Who laughs last? Find out as Batman and The Joker face off one last time!

Scott Snyder has given the Batman franchise energy that’s been missing from the comics for some time. Not only do we have his brilliant introduction of new villains (see below), but there’s also the return of the Joker and his trail of destruction to get at Batman and his family.

Many have suspected that this issue would see the “death” of a character, but they seem to have taken the title of the story arc a bit too literal, not to reveal anything with that. Instead, this latest scheme by the Joker is to attack Batman by driving a wedge between him and the members of his family, Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, etc. That’s the “death” Snyder is focused on.

Snyder takes on a topic that’s long debated, and so much more. How interconnected are Batman and the Joker? Does Batman need him more so than his allies? And why hasn’t he killed the Joker by this point?

This isn’t the drag out battle you’d expect. There is that, but this is much more about the relationship and dynamic between the hero and his arch-nemesis foe as well as that same hero and his friends and allies.

As we see in the final pages there’ll be a lot coming down the road as Batman and his family must recover and deal with the Joker’s latest scheme. The Joker’s return kicked the series into an even higher gear, just as Snyder has done for the entire Batman franchise.

With art by Greg Capullo, it’s not just the story that’s the draw. The art is stunning as expected with small details and scenes that just make you linger on the page. It’s an amazing pairing for the finale of what might be one of Batman’s best battles yet with the Joker.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo

Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Batman: The Night of Owls

BM_NOWLSIn this new hardcover, evil spreads across Gotham City as Batman’s allies, including Red Robin, Batwing, Robin, Batgirl, the Birds of Prey, Nightwing and even Catwoman find themselves in a battle coming from all sides. The Court of Owls makes its move against justice in this sprawling tale of corruption and violence.

I’ve always been an off and on Batman fan. I’ve never been a huge fan, but I’ve enjoyed reading some of the various runs or story arcs over the years. Lately though, I’ve been a fan, as Batman has been on a roll lately facing amazing villains and giving us classic stories like this one.

The Court of Owls and their assassins, the Talons, have presented a foe for Batman and his allies that feels like their match if not betters. We have an actual challenge that tests the groups’ abilities and in many cases leaves the group hobbling and on the run.

And behind it all the Court of Owls feel like proper Batman villains, manipulating Gotham from the shadows and directing it’s destiny without the citizens knowing. It’s part psychological thriller, part action story.

I fully expected the series to suffer, by being wedged into continuity, but the writers and team have somehow held that issue off, and actually enhanced the Batman mythos.

Before the New 52, I felt a lot of the recent Batman stories haven’t lived up to the hype, here though, it’s as good as they say if not more so. Great villains, great story, great addition to the Batman corner of the DCU.

Collects Batman #8-9, Batman Annual #1, Detective Comics #9, Batman: The Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8-9 and All-Star Western #9.

Story:  Scott Snyder, James T Tynion IV, Tony S. Daniel, Judd Winick, Peter J. Tomasi, Duane Swierczynski, Gail Simone, Scott Lobdell, Kyle Higgins, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti Art: Greg Capullo, Jason Fabok, Tony S. Daniel, David Finch, Marcus To, Patrick Gleason, Travel Foreman, Ardian Syaf, Kenneth Rocafort, Guillem March, Eddy Barrows, Moritat

Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview – Executive Assistant: The Hit List Agenda TPB

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: THE HIT LIST AGENDA TPB

Vince Hernandez; Scott Lobdell; Marc Andreyko – Story / Oliver Nome; Micah Gunnell; Pop Mhan – Art / Emilio Lopez; David Curiel; John Starr – Colors

The Hit List Agenda returns with its sites set on you!

Aspen’s sold-out summer crossover event is finally packaged together in one masterpiece collection for Executive Assistant fans! Join Lotus, Orchid and Violet in their own respective journeys as the “Hit List Agenda” storyline binds them all together to eventually face the global threat of corporate mastermind Duncan Villone and his massive network of power and corruption. Featuring the talents of over a dozen of the industry’s top artists and creators, this pulse-pounding storyline sets the stage for the acclaimed second volume of Executive Assistant: Iris! Don’t miss out!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: THE HIT LIST AGENDA TPB is in stores October 10th, 2012!

Aspen WonderCon 2012 Announcements

Charismagic: The Death Princess

Aspen will be releasing an all-new three issue miniseries, Charismagic: The Death Princess in Fall 2012 written by Charismagic creator Vince Hernandez and featuring art by Emilio Lopez and Jocelyn Dunn with covers by Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez.

Aspen also plans to release a special digital-exclusive Charismagic: Sparkles one-shot story over the summer by Hernandez and Siya Oum with Aspen’s proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation.

Homecoming

In August, from the legendary comic minds of Michael Turner, David Wohl and Scott Lobdell comes a new high school supernatural adventure series combining aliens with the always scare life of high school called Homecoming, featuring art by Emilio Laiso and Stefani Rennee.

Idolized

Aspen’s first-ever superhero comic book is by creator/writer David Schwartz with artists Micah Gunnell and David Curiel. Idolized tells the story of girl with super-powers and a tortured past, who seeks revenge, and ultimately finds redemption, over the course of competing in a televised super-hero competition show.

Executive Assistant Assassins

Aspen will be releasing their first ever ONGOING series this summer in July with the release of Executive Assistant Assassins by writer Vince Hernandez and rotating art teams. The first three issue story arc is entitled “Life After Death” and features the popular Executive Assistant Lily. “Life After Death” will feature the art team of Jordan Gunderson and Teodoro Gonzalez and will include covers by Joe Benitez, Dustin Nguyen, Eduardo Francisco and more.

Upcoming

Executive Assistant: Iris Volume 3

Aspen’s critically-acclaimed Executive Assistant: Iris returns with an epic third volume written by creator David Wohl.

Shrugged Volume 2

The popular action-comedy series Shrugged returns for a second volume by series creator Frank Mastromauro and will feature a special oversized zero issue upon its return.

Fathom Volume 5

Aspen’s flagship title Fathom continues to move forward into new territory with its fifth volume upcoming. Aspen is introducing popular Executive Assistant: Iris writer David Wohl into the fold as writer to join Alex Konat and Beth Sotelo.

Soulfire: Search for the Light Summer Event

Aspen is planning a huge summer event around their premiere title Soulfire entitled Soulfire: The Search For the Light. The event will feature five separate one shots that will combine for one massive story arc that leads directly into Soulfire Volume 4 with an all new art team. The five one shots include Soulfire: Hope by JT Krul and Jose Varese, Soulfire: Despair by David Schwartz and Jonathan Marks, Soulfire: Faith by Amanda McMurray and Siya Oum, Soulfire: Power by David Wohl and Khary Randolph and Soulfire: Grace by JT Krul and Pasquale Qualano.

Lady Mechanika Reprints

Aspen is going back to print on the massively-popular and sold-out issues of Lady Mechanika #’s 0,1 and 2. All three will feature new cover art by creator Joe Benitez and colorist Peter Steigerwald.

Preview – Fathom (Vol. 4) #5

FATHOM (vol 4) #5

Scott Lobdell, David Wohl – Writer / Alex Konat, Cory Smith – Pencils / Beth Sotelo – Colors

Michael Turner’s FATHOM continues on its sensational fourth volume!

Aspen Matthews stands alone against the mysterious Church of the Eternal Depths — while her new alley Galit works to destroy the undersea order at its source: an ancient factions within the Japanese government! Since the opening pages of the epic story of Aspen Matthews, those factions have been waiting to unleash the myriad of weapons they have adapted from the Blue’s technology. But, if they were counting on facing the underwater wallflower from her earliest adventures, her enemies couldn’t possibly understand the true power that is Aspen!

For the legions of FATHOM fans who have been waiting to see Aspen in her element and taking control of her life, now is the time to jump on in—the water’s just fine!

In stores March 21st!

Aspen Comics Releases New Series and More at WonderCon 2012

With only a short distance to travel to this year’s Wonder Con 2012, Aspen Comics is planning to bring a large assortment of creators as well as new exclusive books only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #510. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, Joe Benitez, J.T. Krul, David Wohl, Oliver Nome, Beth Sotelo, David Schwartz, Scott Lobdell and more surprise guests will be signing comics and meeting fans at the booth all weekend long.

Aspen is proud to launch their all-new miniseries Fathom: Kiani Volume Two at this year’s WonderCon. Fathom: Kiani centers on the popular Fathom heroine in a return to her own series in this brand-new storyline. The exclusive Fathom: Kiani #0 WonderCon 2012 edition features a cover by superstar artists Benitez and Steigerwald, and is limited to only 500 copies.

The duo of Benitez and Steigerwald are also debuting an all-new WonderCon 2012 edition cover to their red hot sellout, steampunk action-adventure book Lady Mechanika #0. Including a new original cover by the pair, Lady Mechanika #0 will be sure to follow in the footsteps of previous editions with a quick sell out and is only limited to 1500 editions. Fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early at the Aspen Comics Booth #510 to ensure their copy.

Fathom fans can also look forward to a special Fathom #5 WonderCon Exclusive 2012 cover by series and Aspen founder Michael Turner along with Peter Steigerwald. Containing one of the most popular Turner sketch covers of all time, this special Fathom exclusive is limited to only 500 copies.

Aspen’s industry-leading line of art prints returns with all new covers and images from Aspen’s most popular series and characters including Fathom, Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris, Lady Mechanika and more. Aspen will also be releasing this year’s Aspen Tour Print, another item fans are strongly encouraged to pick up early as supplies last.

The Official Aspen Comics Panel will be on Saturday from 3-4pm in room 203 and will include the entire Aspen Comics team of creators as they preview upcoming titles and reveal never-before-seen art and news. All fans in attendance will receive a free gift courtesy of Aspen Comics.

For more information on WonderCon 2012, please check www.comic-con.org/wc

For more information on Aspen Comics please check www.aspencomics.com or www.aspenstore.com

Preview – Fathom Vol. 4 #4

FATHOM (vol 4) #4

Scott Lobdell – Writer / Alex Konat – Pencils / Beth Sotelo – Colors

Michael Turner’s Fathom continues on for the sensational fourth volume!

Over a million species of undersea life forms exist under the surface, some dating back over four hundred million years old. Aspen Matthews, marine-biologist, has researched many of them in her past. Yet, nothing in her education could have prepared her for the recent discovery of the mysterious Church of the Eternal Depths. Along with the help of her new ally Galit, Aspen must prevent this ancient order from exerting their nefarious influence over the rest of the world. Something that will become infinitely more complicated as she discovers the Church has aligned itself with the Japanese government, which has learned to apply all of the technology it has recovered over the years—much of it from none other than the race of the Blue!

For the legions of FATHOM fans who have been waiting to see Aspen in her element and taking control of her life, now is the time to jump on in—the water’s just fine!

In stores February 1st!

Preview – Fathom Vol. 4 #3

FATHOM (vol 4) #3

Scott Lobdell – Writer / Alex Konat – Pencils / Beth Sotelo – Colors

Michael Turner’s Fathom makes its return for the sensational fourth volume!

A weary and frustrated Aspen arrives in Saudi Arabia at the request of scientists from an international conference of deep-sea researchers, but mostly, looking to avoid the scornful eye of the U.S. Government. However, Aspen soon realizes her refuge from the Americans’ concerns has now become a solution for a new groups’ crisis. At the request of the powers-that-be, she is hesitantly thrust back into the depths to moderate a search for oil reserves that soon turns into a discovery far greater—and potentially far more catastrophic—than what they ever could have anticipated.

For the legions of FATHOM fans who have been waiting to see Aspen in her element and taking control of her life, now is the time to jump on in—the water’s just fine!

In stores December 28th!

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