Aspen Comics MLT. 2015
Written by Vince Hernandez
Penciled by Claudio Avella
Inked by Chaz Riggs, Gabe Carrasco & Mark Roslan
Coloured by Erick Arciniega & Justice
The team discovered that convincing an Elite Blue to join their ranks was not the most pain-free method of bolstering their lineup. Yet, ultimately, they were able to convince Elia Fawn to journey to The Rig to speak with Admiral Maylander directly. Meanwhile, a new foe rose from below and left a trail of human bloodshed in his wake, enough to garner the attention of those aboard The Rig…
I do love the idea of a group of Blue’s working together as a team to take on threats both from their own kind and human made but it’s Admiral Maylander that keeps from being more gung ho about it all. He doesn’t even try to hide his opinion of the Blue and his own inadequacy towards being merely human which has given him the “right” to wage war on another species living on this planet to prove his superiority.
I love that Vince is able to showcase how the Blue just like their land dwelling human counterparts have people who will gravitate towards what we refer to as good or bad it’s not indicative to a species to be one way or the other but the balance of both and how that is handled or reigned in is. Maylander demonstrates the worst human emotions have to offer, fear and loathing at something different that challenges his dominant standing so it must be controlled or destroyed.
While no member of the team is able to go up against Maylander alone, sans Elia, by working together gaining each others trust and learning to be a team I’m hoping that this will be Maylander’s downfall. If Elia has anything to say about it well watch how they interact with each other here and you’ll understand.
I have to say I like the interlude with Daken and Shalla. Shalla may be the most opportunistic person you’ve ever met and will sell out anyone for a price but there’s also something honest about him not hiding that and when we saw him in Kiani’s last story arc I gained a certain amount of respect for him. This segment of the story is just another prime example of how he’s a survivor and should never be underestimated and his role in this series well it’s more intriguing than ever now.
The team does manage to catch up to their suspect and it turns out Elia knows him rather well. How they were able to determine where he was well that’s a nice bit of storytelling from Vince and it showcases why each one them was drafted into this team. It also shows us why going after Eries was only fighting a symptom not the cause.
I’m actually very impressed with how the story here is progressing and how the team is coming together. The characterization is fantastic and the spotlight on skills and interaction really do make this a very interesting take on the Fathom universe.
Claudio and company really do a very nice sharp job on the interiors here. I love the look of the characters, the attention to detail is superbly done and Erick and Justice really make the colours pop when their powers are in use making this more dynamic to witness. They manage to bring their world to life wonderfully and beautifully keeping the reader’s interest levels up.
Aspens new take on their signature world so far is a huge success for me and it’s even better that you can jump in here without having to have read everything that’s come before to understand and enjoy what’s happening. Take a look at the series and see why Aspen has been a fan favorite for years!