Fathom is a series I’ve always wanted to enjoy but it never quite clicks for me. Fathom Vol. 8 #1 is a perfect example of that as the issue attempts to be all things to all readers.
Written by Vince Hernandez, the issue is the latest volume in the long running series. Much has taken place and with a new volume you’d hope a clear explanation would be present for new readers. Hernandez attempts that, weaving in a lot of history from the previous seven volumes. The result is an issue that attempts to be new reader friendly but falls short with too many references to the past and not enough explanation.
The issue puts forth the key players of this latest volume and story and does its best to explain it all. But, when you need to have numerous editorial explanations of when things took place, there may be too much reliance on the past. Instead of clear explanations, it feels like the reader is expected to go back and read the references. It leaves one feeling left out when the issue should deliver enough to understand why what’s references is important.
Fathom Vol. 8 #1 does set things up well though. There’s more than enough intrigue and action that by the end of the issue, you may feel compelled to come back and see where things go. It ends with a nice cliffhanger that’s a bit traditional in a way but makes it clear as to what to expect next.
The at by Mauricio Camptella is nice. With colors by Peter Steigerwald, there’s a cool blending of the world of the blue and humans though at times it doesn’t feel like it goes far enough. The team is working off what has come before and for an underwater world, the design feels rather plain and basic, not taking advantage of the underwater beauty enough. There’s both a lack of detail and detail at the same time. What’s present is nice but there could be more of a blending of the inorganic and organic worlds.
Fathom Vol. 8 #1 is entertaining in a lot of ways and moves the narrative forward. Where it ends up delivers what’s likely a second issue that might be more new reader friendly. With some narrative changes, this could have been an explosive debut reinvigorating the series. As is, it attempts to please two camps of readers and in the end wind up making neither happy.
Story: Vince Hernandez Art: Mauricio Campetella Color: Peter Steigerwald Letterer: Zen Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
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Ron Marz – Story / Siya Oum – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors
1998’s Best-Selling Title of the Year Celebrates 20 Years in 2018!
Allies are in short supply for Aspen as she’s caught between the Russian Military and hostile warriors of The Blue, with both trying to end her once and for all! And even if Aspen manages to survive, she’s no closer to rescuing her brother from the hands of her enemies!
Michael Turner and Aspen Comics’ flagship title commemorates its landmark twenty years since its debut in grand fashion! The superstar creative team of Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade) and Siya Oum (Lola XOXO) are on board to deliver Fathom, and the iconic heroine, Aspen Matthews, to a new generation of readers as well as loyal fans alike!
FATHOM vol 7 #6 is in stores is in stores January 2nd, 2019!
Mark Roslan; Gabe Carrasco – Story / Alex Arizmendi – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors / Zen – Letters
The fate of two worlds lay in the hands of two heroes in Aspen’s newest series’ finale!
Elias Rivera was a weak, cowardice nobody from a boring town in Virginia. Now, all his friends are captured, beaten, or worse, and it’s up to him to stop the maniacal Emperor Atilus from ending life on Earth altogether. Can he find the courage for not only himself, but Sybil and the team before it’s too late?
Aspen’s brand new action-adventure saga comes to a world-shattering conclusion from writers Mark Roslan (BubbleGun,Broken Pieces) and Gabe Carrasco, with artist Alex Arizmendi (Edge of Venomverse: War Stories, Secret Empire: Brave New World), and colorist Wes Hartman as they bring us a tale of two earths in need of two heroes!
Ron Marz – Story / Siya Oum – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors / Zen – Lettering
1998’s Best-Selling Title of the Year Celebrates 20 Years in 2018!
This all-new adventure for Aspen’s preeminent hero sees her attempt to navigate an ever-changing world where The Blue are not only present above the surface—but exploited in new and dangerous ways. With her brother Finn suddenly missing, Aspen Matthews takes a deep dive to look for help, arriving in a majestic undersea city. Will she find the allies she so desperately needs, or enemies looking for vengeance? Meanwhile, the mysterious agents who have kidnapped Finn begin a series of unholy experiments to unlock the secrets of his powers!
Michael Turner and Aspen Comics’ flagship title commemorates its landmark twenty years since its debut in grand fashion! The superstar creative team of writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade), artist Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), and colorist Peter Steigerwald are on board to deliver Fathom, and the iconic heroine, Aspen Matthews, to a new generation of readers as well as loyal fans alike!
Vince Hernandez – Story / Joey Vazquez – Art / Federico Blee, Enricka Eren Argiolini, Omi Remalante Jr., and Valentina Taddeo – Colors / Zen – Lettering
The forces of magic have returned—and this time no magical being is safe!
All bets are off as the Magic Harvester’s plan to eliminate all magical beings– and humans in the process—and start over with a new civilization is set into motion. Only Hank, Sudana and their allies hold a fighting chance to save the world of magic from imminent doom in this epic finale to Charismagic volume three!
Charismagic Vol. 3 #6 is written by Vince Hernandez, with art by Joey Vazquez, colors by Federico Blee, Enricka Eren Argiolini, Omi Remalante Jr., and Valentina Taddeo, and letters by Zen.
CHARISMAGIC VOL 3 #6 is in stores July 11th, 2018!
Aspen Comics is continuing their 15-Year Anniversary campaign on releasing classic “legacy” titles with the return of their best-selling Michael Turner’s Soulfire on July 18th. In 2018, the property is celebrating its fifteen-year anniversary since its critically popular debut in 2003, and subsequently became the #1 best-selling independent title the following year. Created by Michael Turner, the flagship action-adventure returns for its epic seventh volume with veteran Aspen writer, J.T. Krul with art by rising star newcomer Chahine Ladjouze, colors by Wes Hartman and lettering by Zen.
The solicitation copy for Michael Turner’s Soulfire #1 reads:
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of its creation, Michael Turner’s incredible vision of magic and wonder returns for an all-new volume!
As the new age of magic continues in the shadows of this future landscape, Malikai and his friends try to enjoy a little down time, but such plans never seem to last. Grace continues to serve as a protector for all things magic, more specifically the dragons, but she is growing tired of having to keep the true power of the world a secret. And, there is a new danger on the horizon, a new figure in the Soulfire universe who may be the greatest threat to the fragile balance between magic and technology yet!
To support the release of this Aspen “Legacy” Anniversary volume, Aspen is bringing in top tier cover artists including direct edition covers for each issue by Art Adams, Mirka Andolfo, Mike Choi, Michael Turner and more to be revealed.
Similar to previous Aspen releases in 2018, the publisher is releasing a Michael Turner’s Soulfire Primer issue for only 25 cents on July 18th, in addition to the Michael Turner’s SoulfireVolume 6: Future Shock trade paperback also on the release date in conjunction with its fifteen year anniversary celebration.
Mark Roslan; Gabe Carrasco – Story / Alex Arizmendi – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors / Zen – Lettering
Their Future Depends on Each Other in Aspen’s newest series!
The warrior world of Havos is in peril! The megalomaniac Emperor Atilus, and his bio-mechanical beasts known as the Fymiera are hell bent on a plot that spells doom for their parallel world, Earth! Enter: Sybil, a soldier princess who has come to Earth seeking aid from the only person on the planet who can help her take down the Emperor: 17-year old high school student, Elias Rivera. Teamed up with the brilliant scientist, Riley, and the quick-witted Brett, in order to save both worlds, Elias and Sybil will have to fight as one… literally.
Don’t miss the premiere issue to Aspen’s brand new action-adventure saga from writers Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces) and newcomer Gabe Carrasco, with artist Alex Arizmendi (Edge of Venomverse: War Stories, Secret Empire: Brave New World) as they bring us a tale of two earths in need of two heroes!
The best-selling Aspen series from creator Siya Oum returns!
In the epic first volume, the tough-minded Lola learned the brutal reality of the apocalypse within the confines of the ruthless Wasteland Trading Company led by the treacherous Edgar and his posse! However, the true challenge lies ahead, as her desire to be reunited with her lost parents still burns greater than ever!
This weekend at RuPaul’s Drag Con 2017 taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Aspen Comics letterer Zen (Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire) will be appearing both days, April 29th and 30th exclusively at Table 842.
Aspen’s Comics’ No World #1 debuted this week in comic book stores and will also be available at Zen’s table all weekend long at Drag Con.
Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson, JUANCHOo – Art / Zen – Letters
They exist in the all-new ASPEN UNIVERSE…yet belong to NO ONE!
Enter a brand-new phase in Aspen’s growing collection of thrilling series, as characters from our most critically-acclaimed titles unite—EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS, Soulfire’s MIYA, the supernatural vigilante DELLEC, along with an exciting new cast of characters come together in this altogether different story–yet one thing is certain—their respective lives are in no less danger! A mysterious conglomerate has emerged on the scene with a sinister purpose—the incorporation of pure evil on a scale never seen before! But, will this collection of unstable personalities come together as friends to defeat this new adversary—or will they instead battle as foes?! Find out in this new Aspen Comics title ready to tip the scales on everything you thought you knew about the Aspen Universe!
Written by legendary Uncanny X-Men scribe Scott Lobdell (Michael Turner’s Fathom) with art by Jordan Gunderson (Aspen Universe: Revelations), this is THE NEW Aspen title you won’t want to miss!